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
  • Conference Promotion
  • 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
  • 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.

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