Student Leadership Conference (SLC)

Student Leadership Conference (SLC)

The OSA Student Leadership Conference (SLC) at FiO/LS brings together chapter officers from around the globe each year to network amongst their peers and to learn more about successful chapter management and careers in optics and photonics.

The 2016 Student Leadership Conference will be held on Monday, 17 October before Frontiers in Optics Laser Science (FiO/LS) in Rochester, NY. This year's event will feature professional development, chapter management and education outreach programming. In addition to the many learning opportunities at the conference, representatives can also connect and share the experience of the chapter's with others.

Location: Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown (tentative)

Date/Time: 8:00 - 17:00 on Monday, 17 October.

Registration: One representative who has never attended a Student Leadership Conference before can register for the event. The registration site will open this summer. Note that only chapters in good standing will be able to send a representative.

Request a visa invitation letter and pre-register: Pre-registration for the conference and the option to request a visa invitation letter are avaialble. For links, please contact

Flight Support: OSA will pay for a round-trip plane ticket and up to three nights in the The round-trip ticket must be booked through the approved travel agency once a representative's registration has been confirmed. DO NOT book through Kayak, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc. View the full travel policy online.

Housing Support: During the registration process, a representative can reserve a shared room in the conference hotel. OSA will pay for up to three nights (16, 17 , 18 October). Students will share the additional cost of additional nights with the roommate. Note that OSA will only cover the cost of the official chapter representatives attending the Student Leadership Conference; other FiO/LS attendees and chapter members will be responsible for their own expenses.

FiO/LS Registration: Confirmed representatives receive complimentary registration to FiO/LS if they request it when registering for the Student Leadership Conference.

The 2015 Student Leadership Conference was held in San Jose, CA on 18 October. View the full 2015 program.

View past conference recordings