Ambassador Program

2017 Ambassadors

The 2017 Ambassador Class at OSA Winter Leadership 6 February in Washington, D.C.

OSA Ambassador Program
As emerging leaders in the optics and photonics community, OSA Ambassadors will share their experiences and perspectives with students and early career professionals in the field. They will provide career advice, technical knowledge and mentorship through serving as a traveling lecturer for chapters and sections, supporting professional development events at OSA meetings and engaging with their communities. 

The Application to be considered for the 2019 Ambassador class will open on 15 April 2018 and will close on 15 June 2018. If you have any questions regarding the process or program please contact Jen Mehltretter at

Three simple steps to apply:
  • Ensure you are a current OSA Early Career Professional or Recent Graduate member.
  • Complete the online application form
  • Email your current resume/CV to
Applications will be reviewed and selections will be made in July 2018. Applicants will be communicated the outcome of their application in July so chosen 2019 Ambassadors can attend FiO/LS.

Ambassador Benefits:
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, OSA Ambassadors will serve for one year (January - December) and receive the following:
  • Support through the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program to visit student chapters and local sections throughout the world to share perspectives and knowledge as mentors; all ambassadors will be featured in the program listing.
  • Full travel support to attend an orientation meeting taking place in Washington, DC. 
  • Full travel support to attend the OSA Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science (FiO/LS). Ambassadors will support the Student Leadership Conference (SLC), various programming for students and young professionals and participate in further program training.
  • Additional support upon request to assist with professional development focused events.
  • Recognition as an Ambassador in OSA Publications and in the OSA Member Directory.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be selected into the program, a candidate must be an active OSA Early Career Professional or Recent Graduate member.

Additional Commitment:
  • Participate in conference calls with fellow Ambassadors upon request
    (estimated one per quarter).
  • Maintain a current OSA Membership.
  • Provide post event follow-up reports within 45 days of all events.