Members, Family and Friends Program

OSA is committed to making participation in the Society rewarding and enjoyable for everyone in the OSA community - including members, volunteers, customers, spouses, and family members. The OSA External Relations Advisory Group, launched in January 2008, focuses on developing strategies, programs, and activities designed to enhance your interactions with OSA.

Child Care Support

Grants of up to four hundred dollars (US$ 400) per family, per calendar year, are available to assist OSA members who are bringing children to selected OSA-sponsored meetings or conferences or who incur additional expenses in leaving them at home (e.g., extra day care or babysitting services).  Grants may be used for a single meeting or may be divided between eligible conferences during the calendar year.

Grant recipients are solely responsible for their choice of child care provider. OSA does not endorse any child care providers.

Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Dreazen at or +1.202.416.1403.

Events and Activities

The Advisory Group has planned a series of member, families and friends activities at OSA meetings and conferences. Click on the links below for information about individual events, and watch this space for announcements of upcoming activities!

2014 Activities

CLEO:2014, 8-13 June 2014, San Jose, California, USA
OSA Winter Leadership Meeting, 12-15 February 2014, Washington, DC, USA

Past Family and Friends Events

2013 Activities
2012 Activities
2011 Activities
2010 Activities
2009 Activities


We're interested in your feedback and ideas. Contact to send a message to the Advisory Group.
  • Elizabeth Anne Fantone, Chair, Optikos Corporation, USA
  • San-Hui Chi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Patty Fienup, USA
  • G. Groot Gregory, Optical Research Associates, USA
  • Weihua Guan, Oplink Communications, USA
  • Duncan MacFarlane, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Zhongqi Pan, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
  • Ting-Chung Poon, Virginia Tech, USA
  • James van Howe, Augustana College, USA