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Award Categories

Award Categories

The Optical Society recognizes and celebrates the field's technical, research, engineering, education, business, leadership and service accomplishments. Our awards program spans all areas of optics and photonics, as well as contributions made to the community.

Use the guide below to help determine the most appropriate recognition. Note – while award recipients are not required to be OSA members, in most cases nominators must be OSA members (not applicable to co-sponsored awards).

Click on a category name to see the related awards.

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal - recognizes outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering.
Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award- recognizes service to OSA (usually presented in even-numbered years only).
The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award- 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-sponsored with SPIE and presented in even-numbered years only).
Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award -  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.
Sang Soo Lee Award - recognizes outstanding leadership in founding or growing the optics and photonics community locally (co-sponsored with the Optical Society of Korea and presented in even-numbered years only).
OSA Treasurer's Award - recognizes an OSA employee who contributes significantly to organizational excellence, promotes and enacts innovative solutions or exemplifies inspirational leadership.

Max Born Award - recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental.
Charles Hard Townes Medal - recognizes contributions to quantum electronics.

Herbert Walther Award - recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community (co-sponsored with Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)).

Nick Holonyak Jr. Award- recognizes contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications.