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Apply for the Senior Member designation

Senior Membership provides established individuals with the opportunity to request a designation that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the optics and photonics field. Senior Membership is the highest distinction for which members can apply and reflects professional maturity and experience. It is a separate category from Emeritus Status. Members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior Membership.

To qualify for Senior Membership, individuals should have at least 10 years of cumulative professional experience (since completion of first degree) in optics and/or optics related field and be an active OSA Member with a minimum of five years of cumulative professional membership (Student membership not included). View Senior Member criteria.

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

The Senior Member requests, including two endorsement statements from current members, are to be submitted each year by 28 February (12:00 EST/17:00 GMT) and will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in mid-June.


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

  • Special Recognitions – Senior Members are identified in the Member/Individual Directory, on, in the Careers section of Optics & Photonics News and during OSA-hosted events.
  • Exclusive Member Programs  Exclusive programs and networking events for Senior Members at OSA events throughout the year.
  • Announcements  Newly-approved Senior Members are announced in: Optics & Photonics News, the 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.

Interviews with Senior Members