28 December 2017
OSA Foundation Highlights January as Mentoring Month
Monthly activities highlighting the importance and impact of mentors
About The Optical Society Foundation
WASHINGTON — There is a powerful connection between strong mentors and the professional success. Mentorship is linked to improved academic, social and economic achievement. The most accomplished in our field often reflect back on the guidance and wisdom shared by their others at the earliest stages of their careers.
The Optical Society (OSA) and the OSA Foundation (OSAF) are focused on providing optics and photonics students and early-career professionals with access to best-in-class resources including professional development and guidance by leaders in the field. January is National Mentoring Month in the United States and the OSAF is leveraging this celebration to highlight our worldwide community of mentors and mentees. Each day in January we will feature a tribute posted to our "Honor Your Mentor" program on osa.org and social media. These stories highlight the dedication of our community to the next generation.
“The OSA Foundation has a global network of dynamic individuals who are committed to sharing their experience and knowledge,” said Chad Stark, Executive Director of The Optical Society Foundation. “By highlighting optics and photonics mentors and mentees we hope to inspire others to guide the next generation toward success.”
In addition to sharing tributes, OSA and The OSA Foundation will support the following mentoring activities:
- 11 January 2018: “I Am a Mentor Day,” mentors across our community will be encouraged to share their stories about being a mentor on social media using #MentorIRL.
- 17 January 2018: On “International Mentoring Day,” we will ask OSA members to celebrate the role of mentor by asking for ideas and tactics for successful mentoring.
- 25 January 2018: “Thank Your Mentor Day” focuses on the importance mentors play in shaping our lives. The OSAF created an “Honor Your Mentor” program allowing members of the optics and photonics community an opportunity to publicly recognize someone who has served as a mentor. The goal of the program is to honor great mentors and remind us all of the important roles mentors have in our careers and lives. Share your story at osa.org/mentor and on social media with #HonorYourMentor.
About The Optical Society Foundation
The Optical Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities of the society. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and corporate communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. For more information, visit osa.org.foundation
The Optical Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. To date, The OSA Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. Donations to The Optical Society Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by the society. For more information, visit osa.org/foundation
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org