Senior Membership

OSA Senior Member

OSA Senior Membership provides well-established individuals with the opportunity to request a designation that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within their field.

To qualify for Senior Membership, individuals must have at least 10 years of significant professional experience since the time of their highest degree and be an active OSA Member.* View Senior Member criteria and download the application.

OSA Members who meet the qualification criteria are encouraged to request the Senior Member designation. The next round of Senior Member applications will be reviewed June 2016. Complete applications are due no later than 29 February of this year.


Senior Members receive OSA Individual Member benefits and services,


Special Recognitions – Senior Members are identified in the OSA Member Directory, on and during OSA-hosted events.

Announcements – Newly-approved Senior Members are announced in: Optics & Photonics News, the OSA E-newsletter and a press release.

Senior Member Certificate and Lapel Pin – Distributed upon request approval.

Letter of Recognition – Approved Senior Members may request that a confirmation letter be sent to their employer.

*OSA Membership may be established online, or by mail, phone, or fax.

Senior Members, Honorary Members, Emeritus Members, Fellow Members and Recent Graduate Members are eligible to vote in the annual election for OSA Vice President and Directors at Large.