Young Professionals


Young Professionals

The OSA Young Professionals Program matches members who have completed their degrees and are 40 years old (or younger) with volunteer activities that align with their areas of interest. These volunteer opportunities provide valuable, career-building experiences and facilitate networking with top researchers and business leaders from around the world.


OSA Young Professional volunteer activities are a great way to gain experience and meet science and business leaders from around the world. To join, simply complete this form and return it along with your curriculum vitae. OSA staff works to offer each enrollee one or more volunteer activities throughout the year.

NEW! OSA now offers opportunities specifically designed for Young Professionals pursuing careers in academia and industry. You may opt to participate in one or both of these categories.

Potential academia track volunteer assignments include:

  • Technical Meetings & Conferences: Preside over sessions, solicit and evaluate papers, blog/Tweet about meetings and participate as program committee members.
  • Journal Publications: Review articles and participate in special initiatives such as providing feedback on new topic areas for OSA publications.
  • Membership & Education Services: Assist with youth education outreach program development, grant reviews, translation of OSA materials and participate in special membership initiatives.

Potential industry track volunteer assignments include:

  • Conferences & Networking Events: Facilitate discussion during OIDA workshops, create post-event OIDA road maps, shadow at OIDA exhibits, expand your network through participation in the Executive Forum (held at OFC/NFOEC) and other invitation-only events.
  • Online Webinars: Assist in researching and identifying OIDA webinar topics & speakers, serve as moderators for OIDA webinars and submit proposals for OSA Corporate Associate webinars.
  • Business Research Projects: Participate in research projects for various OSA departments such as Meetings & Exhibits.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Young Professionals Program, please email

Have you graduated? Join the OSA Young Professional Program for career-buiilding volunteer opportunities.

“The volunteer opportunities presented by my Young Professionals Program involvement have boosted my career in ways I couldn't have imagined. I am reviewing journal manuscripts, involved in conference committees and technical groups, and have started blogging for OSA.”

– Arlene Smith, 2014 OSA Outstanding Young Professional

"I served on the Applied Industrial Optics committee. It was a wonderful experience. The chairs gave me the opportunity to manage the imaging section of the conference. I invited six prominent speakers from the industry and academia, and presided at three technical sessions. The chairs elected me to serve as a program chair for 2013 AIO. All of this would not have been possible had it not been for OSA's Young Professionals program!"

– Prasanna Pavani, Research Scientist at Ricoh Innovations