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The health and safety of our members is always of primary importance, and especially so in our current environment. Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), some of our IONS Programs have decided to cancel, postpone, or go virtual. Keep an eye out for these changes in the coming weeks.

We are working on how best to continue providing our programs, while ensuring the well-being of the community. This approach does require time, and we appreciate your patience in waiting for an announcement on future plans.

IONS attendees

The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) is a program that encourages student chapter members to organize and manage regional meetings focused on technical and professional development content as well as networking with peers and luminaries.

Below are the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

What can I expect at an IONS conference?

An IONS conference is usually three to four days of technical presentations from students and esteemed professors, student chapter related activities and social/cultural events.

What does OSA support if my chapter hosts an IONS conference?

OSA support of a IONS Conference includes two guaranteed OSA Traveling Lecturers and a grant of up to $7,000 USD in support of:

  • Student Travel Grant Funding
  • Conference Promotion
  • Professional Development Programming
  • Youth Education Outreach Programming

OSA also provides the conference website and staff support for marketing.

How can my chapter host an IONS conference?

Step 1: Attend an IONS conference.

  • At least one conference organizer must have already attended an IONS conference
  • Chapters may co-host a conference with no more than one other OSA Student Chapter.

Step 2: Make sure your chapter is in good standing.

  • The applying chapter(s)must have a strong record of consistently maintaining at least 5 OSA Student Members and submitting Annual Reports.

Step 3: Submit an IONS application in the Grants Database

Step 4: Answer any follow-up questions.

  • This your chance to give more details about your proposed conference. After OSA receives your application, you will receive a draft proposal and several suggestions/questions.
  • Your chapter should update the proposal with any requested details so that it can be forwarded to the IONS Planning Committee for review.
  • There may be several rounds of questions while the committee deliberates. Applications are typically reviewed over one month's time.