OSAF and Coherent partner to support OSA Student Chapters


Laser Focus World
March 22, 2011

OSAF and Coherent partner to support OSA Student Chapters

OSA (The Optical Society) Student Chapters are located at more than 200 leading institutions around the world. Organized and directed by bright, energetic, and highly motivated students, these groups conduct a wide range of academic and professional networking activities, including youth education outreach to their local communities. In a unique program designed to help organizations build stronger relationships with OSA’s Student Chapters, Coherent, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based solutions, is offering financial support to six Chapters in Brazil, China, and India.  The sponsorship, part of the OSA Foundation’s (OSAF) “Adopt a Student Chapter Program,” will also allow Student Chapter members to build relationships with professional staff at Coherent, Inc.  

“Coherent is happy to partner with the OSA Foundation to provide an opportunity to further enrich the next generation of optics professionals,” said Marco Arrigoni, Coherent, Inc. Director of Marketing.  “We at Coherent are glad to support these students and their work.  We are confident this new program will provide them with even more opportunities to excel as they pursue careers in optics and photonics.”

Each Student Chapter in the program is eligible for three sets of grants for activities in 2011: an Activity Grant
will provide funding for student-organized professional development programs such as career networking sessions or workshops; a Leadership Travel Grant will cover the cost of travel and related expenses for a representative from the Chapter to attend the 2011 OSA Student Leadership Conference at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics in San Jose, CA; and a Traveling Lecturer Grant will provide funding for a guest lecturer to visit each school to deliver a technical presentation to chapter members.

The 2011 Coherent-sponsored OSA Student Chapters are:

  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Zhejiang University, China
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), India
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras), India

“OSA Student Chapters represent some of the brightest young minds in optics and photonics around the world,” said OSA Foundation chair Michael Morris. “We are pleased that Coherent chose the OSA Foundation and the OSA Student Chapters to support optics on an international scale and look forward to seeing relationships between the Chapters and both organizations grow.”

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to make a lasting difference in the academic and professional lives of post-secondary and graduate students by “adopting” chapters. To learn more, please contact OSA Foundation staff.

About Coherent, Inc.
Coherent, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of lasers and laser-based solutions. Founded in 1966, the company designs, manufactures, and markets laser sources, laser tools, accessories, and components for a wide range of markets and applications. In addition to laser sources and tools, Coherent, Inc. also offers leading-edge beam forming and beam guidance systems, as well as laser beam measurement and control equipment. Products are used in a wide range of markets and applications: microelectronics (including semiconductor test and measurement, advanced packaging, production of flat panel displays, and solar cells); materials processing; instrumentation for biotechnology and medical imaging; graphic arts and display; and, of course, in advanced engineering, genetics, biology, chemistry, and physics. The company’s ongoing work with integrators, end users, and researchers creates greater efficiency and productivity today, as well as insights that will lead to technological breakthroughs in the future. Such advancements in laser technology and their impact on commerce, industry, and scientific research have been the hallmark of Coherent, Inc.’s business for over 40 years.

About the OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation, created in 2002, is dedicated to supporting programs that advance youth science education, provide optics education and resources to underserved populations, and provide career and professional development resources. Contributions to the Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as provided by law. All donors receive special recognition and acknowledgements, unless they request to be anonymous. Donations to the OSA Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Optical Society. For more information, please contact the OSA development staff via telephone: (202) 416-1421; or e-mail: Foundation@osa.org.