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 training opportunities at the conference, this event creates a forum for student leaders to grow their networks and exchange new ideas for continued personal and professional success as well as best practices for driving their chapters forward.

Program: We are excited to announce the tentative schedule for the event-, more details will be added as they are confirmed.
8:00 - Welcome Remarks, Liz Rogan, OSA CEO & Amy Eskilson, OSA Director-at-Large, Inrad Optics
8:15 - Conference Introduction, OSA Staff
8:45 - Everyone's Favorite MistakesJean-luc Doumont, Principiæ
10:45 - Group Photo & Coffee Break
11:15 - Small Group Sessions
  • Industry Job Search Hacks, Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist
  • Youth Education Outreach and the Explore Optics Kit, Collette De Harpporte, LASER Classroom
  • Getting Published and Funded, Giovanni Volpe, OSA Ambassador
  • Join the Light side of the Force: OSA Volunteering, Antigone Marino, OSA Ambassador
12:15-Student Chapter Poster Session & Lunch
14:15 - Seeing Bright Futures in Optics, David Williams, University of Rochester
14:45 - IONS Conferences and Regional Collaboration
15:00 - Coffee Break
15:30 - Small Group Sessions
  • Science Without Limitations: How to Get a Meaningful, High-paying Job Without Feeling Like an Imposter, Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist
  • Asking for $$$ - Your Guide to OSA Student Chapters, Jen Tedeschi, OSA Education Programs Manager
  • Light Beyond the Lab: Putting Your Research Skills to Work, Chad Husko, OSA Ambassador
  • Finding a Job, Relocating to the US and Traveling Abroad, Carlos Lopez-Mariscal, OSA Ambassador
16:30 - Excellence Prize & Poster Contest Winner Announcement
16:45 - Closing Remarks

Location: Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

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