6 December 2017

Recognize Experience, Professional Accomplishments and Service with OSA Senior Member Status

OSA Senior Member Designation Requests due by 28 February 2018 

WASHINGTON —The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, encourages well-established OSA Members to submit a request for the OSA Senior Member Designation. This special designation recognizes the experience and professional accomplishments of individuals in the science of light.

“The Senior Member designation has meant a great deal to my career, including career advancement due to the recognition of my technical expertise,” said Dr. Arti Agrawal, Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, as well as an OSA Senior Member and the incoming chair of the OSA Membership Engagement and Development Committee. “I highly encourage OSA Members, especially women and ethnic minorities, to apply for the designation because it demonstrates how your accomplishments are valued by your peers and the OSA community.”

Applicants for OSA Senior Member status must possess at least ten years of cumulative professional experience in an optics or photonics related field since attaining their first degree and be an active member in OSA. Additional criteria and requirements can be found here.

“A new feature for 2018 is that we expanded the online system to allow OSA Members to nominate a peer or colleague for OSA Senior Member consideration,” said Genaro Montanez, Chief of Employee and Membership Engagement Officer at The Optical Society. “This will help open the nomination process to an expanded audience and increase the diversity in applicants.”

In addition to the benefits of OSA Membership, Senior Members receive:
  • Special Recognitions in the OSA Member/Individual Directory, the OSA website, the Careers section of Optics & Photonics News (OPN) and at OSA hosted events.
  • Announcement of Senior Members status in OPN, the OSA Member newsletter and a news release.
  • Senior Member Certificate and Lapel Pin.
  • Letter of Recognition that can be sent to one’s employer.
  • Access to the Senior Member Logo, which can be used on one’s personal website, business cards and other professional correspondence.
OSA Members must submit all requests and required information online until 28 February 2018. For additional information or assistance, contact the OSA Membership Department at seniormember@osa.org.

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.

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