Senior Membership

Individuals should have a ten (10) year or greater record of professional and/or service accomplishments within the optics and photonics field. If selected, individuals must have an active OSA Membership


Applicants and nominators are encouraged to provide the following information by 28 February 2018 (12:00 EST/17:00 GMT):

  • A curriculum vitae or resume including (as available):  academic history, professional experience, service accomplishments, awards and/or honors, publications and patents.

  • A one-page narrative - a personal statement supporting one's case to be a Senior Member.  It should be an accurate description of one's significant contributions to the field,  professional society membership and activity, service to communities/volunteer activities, leadership roles, etc.

  • Two brief endorsement statements from current OSA Members - self requestors and nominators will need to note on their Senior Member request each member who will be providing endorsement statements. The online system will notify each reference of the initial request and deadline, but the requestor will need to send reminders to their references as needed. A list of all current members is available by visiting the OSA Member/Individual Directory. Make sure to restrict search results to "OSA Member" only. 

  • An employer reference for candidate (optional).

 Submit Your Senior Member Request

For assistance, please contact the OSA Membership Department (email:; Tel.: +1 202.416.1907). The OSA office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (U.S. East Coast Time).