Student Chapter Excellence Prize

Student Chapter and Local Section Excellence Prize

OSA annually recognizes chapters and sections for excellence supporting their local communities and their members. In 2016, OSA awarded chapters and sections prizes in two categories:

Community/Youth Education Outreach
This category is for chapters who have made a difference in their local communities. These are chapters who visit schools and science fairs, create their own outreach kits as well as using the Explore Optics Kit and the Optics Suitcase in order to teach youth about the science of light.  

Professional Development
The Professional Development category is for chapters that are well-oiled machines. These are chapters that hold technical conferences and lecture series with the polish of many professional conferences as well as chapters who are able to guarantee a special experience for members and support diversity and inclusion within both the chapter and the optics and photonics community.

2016 Excellence Prize Winners:

Community/Youth Education Outreach Category

  • New England OSA Local Section (NESOSA) - Community/Youth Education Outreach Local Section Winner
  • Laval University OSA Student Chapter, Canada – Community/Youth Education Outreach Student Chapter Winner
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) OSA Student Chapter, South Africa - Community/Youth Education Outreach Student Chapter Finalist
  • Stanford Optical Society, USA – Community/Youth Education Outreach Student Chapter Finalist

Professional Development Category

  • Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), USA – Professional Development Local Section Winner
  • Ecole polytechnique federal de Lausanne OSA Student Chapter, Switzerland – Professional Development Student Chapter Winner
  • UNICAMP OSA Student Chapter, Brazil - Professional Development Student Chapter Finalist
  • Xi’an Institute of Optics & Precision Mechanics OSA Student Chapter, China – Professional Development Student Chapter Finalist

Past Excellence Prize Winners:

Prizes prior to 2016 were given based on chapter/section size-based categories.
 
2015
  • ITMO University OSA Student Chapter, Russia - Large Chapter Winner
  • Universidad Nacional de Tucumán OSA Student Chapter, Argentina -  Small Chapter Winner
  • New England Local Section of OSA (NESOSA), USA - Local Section Winner
2014
  • Stanford Optical Society, USA - Large Chapter Winner
  • Wroclaw University of Technology OSA Student Chapter, Poland - Small Chapter Winner
  • National Capital Section of OSA, USA - Local Section Winner
2013
  • Duke University OSA Student Chapter, USA - Large Chapter Winner
  • Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon OSA Student Chapter, Mexico - Small Chapter Winner
  • Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), USA - Local Section Winner

2012
  • Stanford Optical Society, USA - Large Chapter Winner
  • University of São Paulo - IFSC OSA Student Chapter - Small Chapter Winner
  • New England Section of OSA, USA - Local Section Winner
2011
  • University of Arizona Student Optics Chapter (SOCk), USA - Large Chapter Winner
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology OSA Student Chapter (OSKar), Germany - Small Chapter Winner
  • National Capital Section of OSA, USA - Local Section Winner
2010
  • University of Southampton OSA Student Chapter, United Kingdom - Large Chapter Winner
  • Universidad de Salamanca OSA Student Chapter (OSAL), Spain - Small Chapter Winner
  • Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), USA - Local Section Winner
2009
  • University of Southampton OSA Student Chapter, United Kingdom - Large Chapter Winner
  • Université Laval OSA Student Chapter, Canada - Small Chapter Winner
  • New England Section of OSA (NESOSA), USA - Large Section Winner
  • Reno-Tahoe Optical Society , USA- Small Section Winner
2008
  • Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics OSA Student Chapter, Russia - Large Chapter Winner
  • Moscow State University OSA Student Chapter, Russia - Small Chapter Winner
  • New England Section of OSA (NESOSA), USA - Large Section Winner
  • Long Island Local Section of OSA, USA - Small Section Winner
2007
  • University of Southampton OSA Student Chapter, United Kingdom - Large Chapter Winner
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal OSA Student Chapter, Canada - Small Chapter Winner
2006
  • Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) OSA Student Chapter, Spain - Large Chapter Winner
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal OSA Student Chapter, Canada - Small Chapter Winner
2005
  • University of California, Irvine OSA Student Chapter, USA - Small Chapter Winner
  • Stanford University OSA Student Chapter, USA - Large Chapter Winner
2004
  • Sofia University OSA Student Chapter, Bulgaria - Large Chapter Winner
  • University of Rochester OSA Student Chapter, USA - Small Chapter Winner
  • National Capital Section of OSA - Large Section Winner
  • Greater St. Louis Local Section of OSA - Small Local Section Winner