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Student Chapters

We support an extensive global network of more than 400+ Student Chapters. These chapters, managed for and by students, create valuable opportunities for professional development and foster lasting relationships between peers and mentors.

Student chapters support your academic studies, power your research and provide opportunities that will propel your career in optics and photonics. In addition to their benefits for members, many chapters are heavily involved with community and youth education outreach to provide both a service to their community and work to disseminate the knowledge of optics and photonics worldwide. If your university already has a chapter, we encourage you to become an active member. If your school does not yet have a chapter, we invite you to consider establishing one. Student Chapters receive many benefits including: activity and travel grants, guest lecture resources, networking opportunities, and much more!

Student Chapter Benefits

Participating in a Student Chapter helps you develop technical knowledge, leadership experience and lasting relationships with peers and mentors.

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Find a Chapter

We encourage student chapter members to organize and manage regional and online meetings that focus on technical and professional development content and networking.

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Start a Chapter

Build an optics and photonics community at your school by starting a Student Chapter.

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Manage a Chapter

The Society and Foundation recognize student excellence through competitions, travel grants and other programs.

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