The OSA Foundation and Coherent Inc. Partner to Support OSA Student Chapters


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The OSA Foundation and Coherent Inc. Partner to Support OSA Student Chapters

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 – The OSA Foundation and Coherent Inc. are pleased to announce the participating student chapters in the OSA Foundation's new Adopt a Student Chapter Program. The program will provide financial sponsorship on behalf of Coherent Inc. to six OSA Student Chapters located in Brazil, China, and India to assist them in holding a range of academic and professional networking activities. The program will also provide opportunities for the OSA Student Chapter participants to build relationships with professional staff at Coherent Inc.

Each student chapter selected into the program will be given three sets of grants for programs and activities in 2011. An Activity Grant provides funding for student-organized professional development programs such as career networking sessions or workshops; a Leadership Travel Grant covers the cost of travel and related expenses for a representative from the chapter to attend the 2011 OSA Student Leadership Conference at OSA's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics, in San Jose, Calif.; and a Traveling Lecturer Grant provides funding for a guest lecturer to visit each school to deliver a technical presentation to chapter members.

"OSA Student Chapters represent some of the brightest young minds in optics and photonics around the world," said OSA Foundation chair Michael Morris. "We are pleased that Coherent chose the OSA Foundation and the OSA Student Chapters to support optics on an international scale and look forward to seeing relationships between the Chapters and both organizations grow."

The 2011 Coherent-sponsored OSA Student Chapters are:

  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Zhejiang University, China
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), India
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras), India

"Coherent is happy to partner with the OSA Foundation to provide an opportunity to further enrich the next generation of optics professionals," said Coherent Inc's Director of Marketing Marco Arrigoni. "We at Coherent are glad to support these students and their work by sponsoring them through the OSA Foundation. We are confident this new program will provide them with even more opportunities to excel as they pursue careers in optics and photonics."

About The OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, provide career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match from OSA. For more information, visit

About Coherent, Inc.
Coherent, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of lasers and laser-based solutions. Our products feature superior reliability and performance, and provide significant cost advantages for scientific, commercial and industrial customers competing in the most demanding markets. The unique characteristics of our product portfolio, combined with our history of innovation, provide a decided advantage to our customers as they seek breakthroughs in research or in the development of cutting-edge applications. Founded in 1966, we design, manufacture and market laser sources, laser tools, accessories and components for a wide range of markets and applications. In addition to laser sources and tools, we also offer leading-edge beam forming and beam guidance systems as well as laser beam measurement and control equipment. The capabilities of our products are exceptionally diverse, and are used in a wide range of markets and applications: microelectronics (including semiconductor test and measurement, advanced packaging, production of flat panel displays and solar cells); materials processing; instrumentation for biotechnology and medical imaging; graphic arts and display; and, of course, in advanced engineering, genetics, biology, chemistry, and physics. Our ongoing work with integrators, end users and researchers creates greater efficiency and productivity today, as well as insights that will lead to technological breakthroughs in the future. Such advancements in laser technology and their impact on commerce, industry and scientific research have been the hallmark of our business for over 40 years.