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Ambassador Program


As emerging leaders in the optics and photonics community, Ambassadors will provide career advice, technical knowledge and mentorship with students and early career professionals in the field by supporting professional development events at meetings and engaging with their communities.

The application to be considered for the 2021 Ambassador class is closed and recipients were notified. If you have any questions regarding the process or program please contact Jen Mehltretter at

Two simple steps to apply:

  • Ensure you are a current Early Career Professional or Recent Graduate member. Active Individual members may apply as long as you have achieved their highest degree in the last five to seven years
  • Complete the online application form

All program participants will receive a lifetime Ambassador distinction for their continuing efforts to serve the greater optics and photonics community. In addition to the lifetime distinction, Ambassadors will receive benefits and must follow certain expectations for one year (April - March) which includes the following:


  • Support for students and early career professionals events throughout the world to share perspectives and knowledge as mentors.

  • Full travel support to attend the Leadership Conference taking place in Washington, DC in April. 
  • Full travel support to support the Student Leadership Conference (SLC), various programming for students and early career professionals and participate in further program training.
  • Registration to one OSA-managed meeting of Ambassador's choice.
  • Additional support upon request to assist with professional development focused events.
  • Recognition as an Ambassador in publications and in the Member Directory.


  • Maintain a current membership.
  • Participate in conference calls with fellow Ambassadors upon request
    (estimated one per quarter).
  • Produce at least one blog post, webinar or podcast on professional development/soft skill development.
  • Host virtual/in-person events and provide photo documentation.
  • Assist with IONS Meeting when applicable.
  • Assit with the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) as a mentor.
  • Review new chapter applications quarterly with the Member, Engagement and Development (MED) Council guidance.
  • Provide post event follow-up reports within 15 days of all events.
  • Assist with program, prize, fellowship or other review processes.