The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) is a program that encourages student chapter members to organize and manage regional and online meetings that focus on technical and professional development content and networking.
NOW AVAILABLE: OSA Centennial IONS Conference Application Form- Apply today through the OSA Grants Database!
Below are the answers to the following frequently asked questions:
What can I expect at an IONS conference?
An IONS conference is usually three to four days of technical presentations from students and esteemed professors, student chapter related activities and social/cultural events.
If you are interested in attending an IONS event, the 2015 conference series is as follows:
Registration is currently open for:
Additional upcoming conferences:
You can also find information about the most recent conferences on their pages:
What does OSA support if my chapter hosts an IONS conference?
OSA support of a Centennial IONS Conference includes two guaranteed OSA Traveling Lecturers and a grant of up to $8,000 USD in support of:
Student Travel Grant Funding
Professional Development Programming
Youth Education Outreach Programming
OSA also provides the conference website and staff support.
How can my chapter host an IONS conference?
Step 1: Attend an IONS conference.
At least one conference organizer must have already attended an IONS conference
Chapters may co-host a conference with no more than one other OSA Student Chapter.
Step 2: Make sure your chapter is in good standing.
The applying chapter(s)must have a strong record of consistently maintaining at least 5 OSA Student Members and submitting Annual Reports.
Step 3: Submit the Centennial IONS Application Form through the OSA Grants Database.
The application form is available on the OSA Grants Database. If your chapter needs the login information, please contact email@example.com.
Make sure you fill out all answers thoroughly and submit an accurate budget estimate.
All applications for 2016 conferences that will be held between 1 January and 31 May 2016 must be submitted by 15 September 2015. If your chapter will host an IONS between 1 June and 31 December 2016, the application must be submitted by 15 November 2015.
Step 4: Answer any follow-up questions.
This your chance to give more details about your proposed conference. After OSA receives your application, you will receive a draft proposal and several suggestions/questions.
Your chapter should update the proposal with any requested details so that it can be forwarded to the IONS Planning Committee for review.
There may be several rounds of questions while the committee deliberates. Applications are typically reviewed in one month's time.
How do I get more information about IONS conferences?
Sign-up to receive
IONS news and upcoming conference information.
For questions about IONS, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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