Recognize Your Colleagues - Submit a Nomination for an OSA Award
Members are invited to recognize and celebrate the achievements of colleagues with a nomination for an OSA award. OSA awards and medals span all areas of optics and photonics, as well as contributions made to the community, education, and innovation.
Unless noted below, the deadline for an award nomination is 1 October. Nominations received after the deadline or those that are incomplete will be held for consideration the following year. The next two consecutive award committees automatically consider any nominee not selected for the award. Award recipients are announced in March of the year following the nomination deadline.
- the highest award of the Society, the Ives Medal recognizes overall distinction in optics
- recognizes outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering
- recognizes contributions to physical optics
- recognizes service to the optical community (usually presented in even-numbered years only)
- recognizes individuals for their innovative and influential contributions to the field of biophotonics, regardless of their career stage
- recognizes team technical achievements in optical engineering. Deadline: July 10
- recognizes research accomplishments in the field of optical engineering
- recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry (co-presented with SPIE and presented in even-numbered years only)
- recognizes contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications
- recognizes an individual or group who has had a significant impact on the global optics and photonics community or has had a significant impact on society as a whole stemming from non-research oriented activities
- recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products (co-presented with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology). Nominations for the 2019 award should be submitted to the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) by 1 October.
- recognizes outstanding leadership in founding or growing the optics and photonics community locally (co-presented with the Optical Society of Korea (OSK) in even-numbered years only)
- recognizes seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing
- recognizes contributions to vibrational spectroscopy (co-presented with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
- recognizes noteworthy contributions made to optics at an early career stage
- recognizes an original use of optics across multiple fields.
- recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy
- recognizes contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector
- recognizes contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology at an early career stage.
- recognizes distinguished work in the field of vision.
- recognizes contributions to quantum electronics
- recognizes an OSA employee who contributes significantly to organizational excellence, promotes and enacts innovate solutions or exemplifies inspirational leadership. Deadline: July 10
- recognizes contributions to fiber optic technology (co-presented with the IEEE/Photonics Society). Nominations for the 2020 award should be submitted to IEEE Photonics Society by 18 August.
- recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community (co-presented with Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)). Deadline: 10 August.
- recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention