Student Leadership Conference

The OSA Student Leadership Conference

The OSA Student Leadership Conference is an immersive experience which hosts 200 student chapter members from around the world. The conference occurs the first few days before OSA's Annual Conference, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), and serves as a fantastic way for students to immerse themselves in an environment full of professional development content, networking, and fun.

About the 2020 SLC Conference

We have decided to make this year's conference fully virtual! The conference will occur from Friday, 11 September to Sunday, 13 September. The conference will include 2-3 hour blocks of content that occur in the morning and evening to ensure students around the globe can access to live content in some way. At other times there will also be specialized content available should you want to take part.

**This year, ALL OSA Student Members are eligible to attend. No limits, no chapter association necessary, and no restrictions on previous attendance or impact on future attendance.**


Friday, 11 September 

(all times listed in EDT)

Session
Opening ceremony

Join us for the official welcome of the 2020 SLC conference, with introductions from OSA CEO Liz Rogan and OSA Program Manager Terence Rooney. 

Time
7:00-7:15

Speakers
Liz Rogan, OSA, US
Terence Rooney, OSA, US

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Session
Plenary: Effective Communication

Join Holly as she walks you through effectively marketing the most important project in your career - YOU! Learn strategies for how to communicate your value to other people...especially crucial for the job market!

Time
7:15-8:00 (Q&A from 7:45-8:00)

Speakers
Holly Barrett, Luminate, US

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Session
Workshop: How to ace your presentation

As a continuation of Holly’s plenary, hear from some of our OSA Ambassadors on how to wield your newly-found self marketing skills into your scientific presentations! This might prove extremely helpful for those of you presenting research during FiO.

Time
8:00-9:30

Speakers
Amol Choudhary, IIT Delhi, India
Yaseera Ismail, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Yoshi Okawachi, Columbia University, US
Mengjie Yu, Harvard University, US

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Session
Special Programming: Wikithon

Join students from around the world in a collaborative editing session for the benefit of public information. Groups will consist of students looking to craft new or refine existing content as well as students looking to translate articles into different languages. No prior training necessary - we’ll walk you through everything. 

Time
13:00-15:00

Speakers
Marcia Lesky, OSA, US
Jess Wade, Imperial College London, England

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Session
Plenary: My Journey In Optics
 

Peter Wigley, Network Technology Strategy Manager at Corning, will walk you through his journey in optics and experience with entreprenuerial partnerships like Versalume. 

Time
19:00-20:00 (Q&A from 19:45 to 20:00)

Speakers
Peter Wigley, Corning, US

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Session
Workshop: Science Advocacy

The Public Policy team will walk you through OSA’s own advocacy efforts as well as provide guidance for students who want to get involved in the process.

Time
20:00-21:30

Speakers
Brandy Dillingham, OSA, US
David Lang, OSA, US

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Session
Special Programming: Wikithon

Join students from around the world in a collaborative editing session for the benefit of public information. Groups will consist of students looking to craft new or refine existing content as well as students looking to translate articles into different languages. No prior training necessary - we’ll walk you through everything. 

Time
22:00-24:00

Speakers
Marcia Lesky, OSA, US
Jess Wade, Imperial College London, England


 

Saturday, 12 September

(all times listed in EDT)

 

Session
Plenary: Diversity and Inclusion

Tomas Brage, Lund University, will walk through challenges facing the scientific community as it relates to inclusion in physics.

Time
7:00-8:00 (Q&A from 7:45-8:00)

Speakers
Tomas Brage, Lund University, Sweden

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Session
Workshop: Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

As a continuation of Tomas’ plenary, hear from some of our OSA Ambassadors on challenges they have faced in their careers and strategies they utilized to improve their careers. 

Time
8:00-9:30

Speakers
Amol Choudhary, IIT Delhi, India
Samuel Felipe Serna-Otalvaro, Bridgewater State University, US
Maria Vinas, IF-MSCA Fellow / MGH-Harvard Medical School, US
Mengjie Yu, Harvard University, US

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Session
Plenary: Careers in Quantum Technologies

In this talk, Araceli Venegas-Gomez will walk you through her career and how QURECA was formed. She will discuss career opportunities for people who want to be involved in the field of quantum technologies.

Finally, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to put forward any questions you may have.

A career in quantum technologies could be a path for everyone – come and see how your expertise can be useful! Whether you are looking for your ideal job, to enhance your skillset or to find out more about opportunities in quantum, this talk has got you covered!

Time
10:00-11:00 (Q&A from 10:45 to 11:00)

Speakers
Araceli Venegas-Gomez, QURECA, United Kingdom

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Session
Special Programming: Resume/CV Review

Leverage the expertise of our early career professionals who will help you shape your resume/CV into a way that will garner more attention from prospective employers. You will have a 1-on-1 session with an Ambassador for a period of 20 minutes. 

Note - this session required advanced registration. You will have received a confrimation email pairing you with a specfic Ambassador. 

Time
13:00-15:00

Speakers
OSA Ambassadors

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Session
Career Development: Interview and Salary Negotiation

Join career expert Isaiah Hankel, founder of Cheeky Scientist, as he walks you through the nuances of the interview process and helps you secure the salary you deserve! This Career Development session will be a combination of lecture and breakout sessions designed to help you better succeed in the job market. 

Time
19:00-21:30 

Speakers
Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, US

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Session
Special Programming: Resume/CV Review

Leverage the expertise of our early career professionals who will help you shape your resume/CV into a way that will garner more attention from prospective employers. You will have a 1-on-1 session with an Ambassador for a period of 20 minutes.

Note - this session required advanced registration. You will have received a confrimation email pairing you with a specfic Ambassador. 

Time
22:00-24:00

Speakers
OSA Ambassadors


 

Sunday, 13 September

(all times listed in EDT)

 

Session
Plenary: Ethics in Publishing

The pressure for scientists to publish large numbers of papers in high impact journals has led to growing concerns about the reliability and accuracy of the scientific literature. Prof. Burns will provide insight on the ethical obligations of all participants in the publishing process, summarizing some of the types of misconduct encountered by journal editors, as well as how these are dealt with to ensure the reliability of the scientific record.

Time
7:00-8:00 (Q&A from 7:45-8:00)

Speakers
Stephen Burns, Chair, OSA Editorial Ethics Subcommittee, US

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Session
Workshop: OSA’s Reviewer Certification Course

Learn how to take ethical considerations into account, among other helpful tips and guidelines for reviewing manuscript submissions. Three OSA Editors will walk through the most important content in OSA’s Reviewer Certification Course and share their editorial perspective on how to provide effective reviewer feedback. The workshop will be presented in three sections with Q&A after each section.

Time
8:00-9:30

Speakers
Scott Carney, Editor-in-Chief, JOSA A, US
James Leger, Editor-in-Chief, Optics Express, US
Irina Novikova, Deputy Editor, Optica, US

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Session
Special Programming: Ask A Mentor

Our OSA Ambassadors have made themselves available for you to chat with. Questions about which career path to take? How to manage stress while securing your PhD? Each participant will have 20 minutes of dedicated time to connect with an individual who will look to assist you with your concerns.

Note - this session required advanced registration. You will have received a confrimation email pairing you with a specfic Ambassador. 

Time
13:00-15:00

Speakers
OSA Ambassadors

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Session
Roundtable: Career Paths in Optics

Hear from some of our early career professionals as they walk you through opportunities you can embark upon once you receive your degree. You’ll hear from people with expertise in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. 

Time
19:00-20:00

Speakers
Samuel Felipe Serna-Otalvaro, Bridgewater State University, US
Kim Reichel, 3DEO, Inc., US
Maria Vinas, IF-MSCA Fellow / MGH-Harvard Medical School, US

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Session
Workshop: Career Paths in Optics

Get to chat with the Career Panel speakers on a more detailed level. You will be in groups of five with 30 minutes to speak to one speaker in each industry. 

Note - this session required advanced registration. You will have received a confrimation email pairing you with a specfic Ambassador. 

Time
20:00-21:30

Speakers
Daniel Christensen, Lumencor, Inc, US
Samuel Felipe Serna-Otalvaro, Bridgewater State University, US
Matthew Graham, Oregon State University, US
Armand Niederberger, Noodle.ai, US
Kim Reichel, 3DEO, Inc., US
Christian Reimer, Hyperlight Corp, US
Maria Vinas, IF-MSCA Fellow / MGH-Harvard Medical School, US
Mengjie Yu, Harvard University, US

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Session
Special Programming: Ask A Mentor

Our OSA Ambassadors have made themselves available for you to chat with. Questions about which career path to take? How to manage stress while securing your PhD? Each participant will have 20 minutes of dedicated time to connect with an individual who will look to assist you with your concerns.

Note - this session required advanced registration. You will have received a confrimation email pairing you with a specfic Ambassador. 

Time
22:00-24:00

Speakers
OSA Ambassadors

 

FAQ

Will there be an FiO regsitration fee this year?
No. For the last two years we have requested a $100 fee for students to participate in FiO which covered their lodging and registration for the FiO conference. We will not be requesting the fee this year. 

I am attending FiO and want to present a paper. How do I do that?
Unlike FiO registration, submitting a paper should be done through the FiO website. The paper submission process is completely separate from Student Leadership so you should forward any questions regarding this process to cstech@osa.org.

NOTE: If you are attending FiO please register through the Student Leadership Registration Process. Do NOT register through the FiO website or you will be charged the for a full student technical registration. 

Do I need to present at paper at FiO to qualify for Student Leadership?
If you want to only attend Student Leadership and FiO without submitting a paper that is completely fine. However, we do encourage students to apply for paper submission through FiO to make the most of your experience.
 
I can no longer attend. Can someone else from my chapter go in my stead?
Yes. Since there we be no travelling to SLC this year you may change your attendee if needed. Please send these changes to trooney@osa.org. 

Can multiple members from my chapter attend Student Leadership?
No. Only one member per chapter is eligible to attend. This is a techincal restriction to ensure quality dialogue in the workshops and special programming. 

 

ALL OSA Student Members are eligigible to attend in 2020!

  • You do not need a chapter affiliation
  • Multiple people from your university can attend
  • If you attended before you can still attend
  • Your attendance this year will not affect future attendance