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OSA Mentor Match

OSA Outreach is excited to announce the launch of the OSA Mentor Match program! This pilot mentorship program is designed to connect students with professionals in optics and photonics as a way to assist students with overcoming challenges they face in their careers. Each student will be paired with one mentor for a period of one year. Participants will be able to choose to discuss a variety of different topics including:

  • Technical Support
    • Guidance pertaining to my career path and goals as a scientist
    • Support with identifying and applying for relevant research grants
    • Support with identifying and applying to conferences relevant to my research
    • Support with identifying graduate school programs relevant to my research
  • Professional Development Support
    • Guidance on communicating my research effectively
    • Information on various career paths in optics (academia, industry, nonprofit, government, etc.)
    • Support with building and leveraging a network of individuals to achieve my goals
    • Assistance with creating an effective Resume or CV
    • Support with understanding the dynamics of a workplace and how to achieve success after university
  • Navigating Personal Challenges
    • Guidance on maintaining work/life balance and overcoming stress
    • Support with navigating challenges associated with diversity and inclusion
    • Advice on collaborating effectively with people from around the world
    • Support with navigating a career through parenthood


For mentees:

  • Be an active member of an OSA student chapter
  • Be a student at the undergraduate, graduate, or PhD level
  • Have a current OSA student membership

For mentors:

  • Have a degree and background in physics
  • Have a current OSA membership
  • Be willing to provide insight on the above topics for mentees


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How to participate

A limited number of mentee opportunities were available for this initlal year. Our goal is to grow the program in future years to provide support to even more students around the globe. To accomplish this, we need even more support from mentors! If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Terence Rooney at