Nomination Guide

Awards & Medals Nomination Guide

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.

In the interest of efficiency and speed, all nominations are submitted online through BEAM, OSA’s Awards and Honors System. 


Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal

Max Born Award

Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award

Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award

Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

Nick Holonyak Jr. Award

Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

Edwin H. Land Medal

Sang Soo Lee Award

Emmett N. Leith Medal

Ellis R. Lippincott Award

Adolph Lomb Medal

C.E.K. Mees Medal

William F. Meggers Award

David Richardson Medal

Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

Edgar D. Tillyer Award

Charles Hard Townes Medal

OSA Treasurer's Award

John Tyndall Award

Herbert Walther Award

R. W. Wood Prize

 

Important Note:  The nominee does not participate in the nomination process. To maintain confidentiality, the necessary facts should be obtained from the nominee only if the complete and correct background information is not available elsewhere.

 

OSA serves a diverse and inclusive community worldwide. Nominees that reflect and support this diversity across all areas including gender, educational/institutional background and geography are especially encouraged.

 

Deadlines

Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award
Nominations: 10 July
References: 15 July

OSA Treasurer's Award 
Nominations: 10 July
References: 15 July

Herbert Walther Award
Nominations & References: 10 August
All materials for 2020 should be submitted to DPG.

John Tyndall Award
Nominations & References: 10 August
All materials for 2020 should be submitted to IEEE Photonics Society.

All Remaining Awards & Medals
Nominations: 1 October
References: 10 October

Please note that not all awards/medals are presented every year.

Nominations received after the deadline or those that are incomplete will be held for consideration the following year.