Start an OSA Student Chapter

Starting a student chapter is easy! Follow these three steps and your college or university can begin to take advantage of the many benefits and services OSA offers its chapters.

Step 1: Recruit five members.

  • At least five chapter members are required to join The Optical Society as OSA Student Members. Students may join online or use the enrollment forms.
  • Not sure who is an OSA Student Member at your school? E-mail and we may be able to provide you with a list.

Step 2: Elect officers.

  • Your chapter needs a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary who are OSA Student Members.
  • Your chapter may establish additional officer roles, such as Outreach Officer, and elect members to these positions.
  • We strongly recommend that the chapter have a faculty advisor to serve as a liaison between your chapter and your university.

Step 3: Submit the OSA Student Chapter Application.

OSA Member Services
C/O Chapters and Sections
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

If you have questions about this process or difficulty completing the application form, please e-mail

Application Review Period

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Membership Department and you will be contacted if there are any questions or concerns. Your application will then be sent to the Member & Education Services Council for final review and approval.

OSA Student Chapter benefits include:
Grants and Awards
Global Networking
Programs and Materials