Senior Membership

OSA Senior Membership provides well-established individuals with the opportunity to request a designation that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the optics and photonics field.

To qualify for Senior Membership, individuals should have at least 10 years of cumulative professional experience (since their first degree) in an optics and/or optics related field and be an active OSA Member. View Senior Member criteria.

OSA Members who meet the qualification criteria are encouraged to request the Senior Member designation. New for 2018: OSA Members can now nominate candidates for Senior Membership (with the exception of Student Members). View Nomination/Reference Guide.

The next round of Senior Member requests, including two endorsement statements from OSA Members, are to be submitted by 28 February 2018 (12:00 EST/17:00 GMT) and will be reviewed by the OSA Board of Directors in May 2018.


Senior Members receive the full complement of OSA Member benefits and services plus:

Special Recognitions – Senior Members are identified in the OSA Member/Individual Directory, on, in the Careers section of Optics & Photonics News and during OSA-hosted events.

Announcements Newly-approved Senior Members are announced in: Optics & Photonics News, the OSA Member newsletter and an annual press release.

Senior Member Certificate and Lapel Pin – Recognition materials are distributed upon Senior Member status approval.

Letter of Recognition – Approved Senior Members may request that a confirmation letter be sent to their employer.

Senior Member Logo - This logo can be included on your website, business cards and other professional correspondence to indicate your status as a Senior Member of OSA.

Senior Members, Honorary Members, Emeritus Members, Fellow Members and Recent Graduate Members are eligible to vote in the annual election for OSA Vice President and Directors at Large.