Student Leadership Conference (SLC)

Student Leadership Conference (SLC)


The OSA Student Leadership Conference (SLC) brings together chapter officers from around the globe each year to network amongst their peers and to learn more about successful chapter management.

The 2015 Student Leadership Conference will be held from 8:00 to 17:00 on 18 October at the Hyatt Place San Jose. The tentative details of the 2015 program are now available below.

7:00 - Registration and Breakfast

8:00 - "Welcome Remarks" Philip Russell, Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light; 2015 OSA President

8:30 - "The How-to for 2016 Student Chapter Grant Applications" John Taylor, Manager, Membership Programs, The Optical Society

10:45 - "The Future is Bright and Light" Hans-Juergen Schmidke, Director of Engineering, Infrastructure Foundation Team, Facebook; 2015 OSA Industry Council Chair-Elect

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11:30 - Student Chapter Excellence Prize Finalist Panel Discussion
  • Alexandra Arturo-Glimpse, Secretary, Rochester Institute of Technology Student Chapter
  • Vladimir Borisov, Treasurer, ITMO University Student Chapter
  • Dana Kralicek, Social Chair, Student Optics Chapter at The University of Arizona
  • Mohamed Sabry Mohamed, Vice President, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Student Chapter
  • Antonio Ariel Soruco, Member, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán Student Chapter
  • Panelist TBD, Universidad de Salamanca Student Chapter

12:30 - Lunch and Student Chapter Activity Poster Session

14:00 -  “Illuminating Your Career Path: A Panel Discussion With Hiring Experts”
  • Angela Seidl, Recruiting Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Toby Thomas, University Relations, Juniper Networks
  • Robert Walz, Technical Support Manager, Thor Labs
  • Greg Wolf, Senior Applications Engineer, Edmund Optics
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15:30 - "Transfering Chapter Skills to CV's" Breakout Session, Curtis Burrill, Director, Membership & Education, The Optical Society

16:15 - IONS Presentation, TBD

16:45 - Closing Remarks

Who can attend this event?
All student chapters who have submitted their annual report and maintain the minimum of five OSA Student Members are eligible to send one representative each year who has never attended this event before.

How does OSA support representatives? 
OSA provides support for air travel booked through the Travel Leaders agency,  complimentary registration for Frontiers in Optics Laser Science (FiO/LS), OSA’s Annual Meeting and a three- night hotel stay on 17, 18 and 19 October.

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2014 Student Leadership Conference

The following conference recordings are available for viewing: