Young Professionals

Young Professionals

Pictured (Left to Right): 2015 OSA President Dr. Philip Russell, 2015 Outstanding Young Professional Award Winners Dr. Antigone Marino and Dr. Alvaro Casas-Bedoya, 2014-2015 Member and Education Services Council Chair Dr. Stefan Andersson-Engels and OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan.

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 diverse, career-building experiences and facilitate valuable 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.

Potential volunteer opportunities 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.
  • Community and Education Outreach: Assist with youth education outreach program development, grant reviews, translation of OSA materials and participate in special membership initiatives.

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

“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