Senior Membership

Individuals should have a ten (10) year or greater record of professional and/or service accomplishments within the optics and photonics field since the time of their highest degree. If selected, individuals must have an active OSA Membership. If you are not yet an OSA Member, you can join online.


Applicants are encouraged to provide the following information:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume including (as available):  academic history, professional experience, service accomplishments, awards and/or honors, publications and patents.

  • Description of significant professional and/or service performance.
  • Two brief endorsement statements from current OSA Members.  Requestors will need to contact each member and ask them to provide endorsement statements on their behalf using the online Senior Member Reference Form or by email to
  • An employer reference (optional).

Ways to Submit Your Senior Member Request

  • Online
  • Mail, Fax or Email - Complete and return the Senior Member Request Form along with a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume and supplemental documents (as available).  

Mail: The Optical Society
Senior Member Request
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Fax: +1 202.416.6130

For assistance, please contact the OSA Membership Department (email:; Tel.: +1 202.416.1907). The OSA office is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (U.S. East Coast Time).