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Section Benefits

OSA Local Section Benefits

Joining an OSA Local Section is an ideal way to connect with optics professionals, keep up-to-date on technical and business innovations and take part in philanthropic activities that benefit your community.

Funding, Programs and Materials

Excellence Award -OSA annually recognizes an outstanding section in the areas of advocacy, youth education and professional development programming. The winners receive an Excellence Award certificate and $1,000 USD. Information is available online.

Traveling Lecturer Program – Sections receive funding for a guest speaker of their choice annually. Program information and a directory of available speakers are available online (login required).

Youth Education Resources
Educational outreach is one of the most important and significant ways OSA supports local communities and inspires tomorrow's young scientists. The OSA offers online resources, a variety of classroom materials, which are primarily free of charge and events for educators that address the needs of students from elementary school through university studies.

Visit the Education Outreach section of to view a complete listing of available resources and to order materials. We encourage you to contact: to learn more about OSA's education outreach program.

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“Many of the people I collaborated with running the local OSA section became my lifelong friends.”

– Jim Menders, L-3 PHOTONICS

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