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News From OSA
A Message from OSA's Chapter and Student Services Manager
What an incredible year! We have added 17 student chapters so far this year and there are at least five more in development now, so we have the possibility of hitting a record for most new OSA Student Chapters added in a single year since the development of the program!
The Annual Student Chapter Leadership Meeting welcomed over 80 OSA Student Chapter representatives, featuring several speakers and a networking brunch on Stanford’s campus. One highlight of the meeting included the report by a committee of Student Chapter leaders participating in the International OSA Network of Students (IONS). IONS is a group devoted to coordinating large international OSA Student Chapter meetings and networking with other members regionally. The group discussed their progress and plans for their next event in Munich, Germany in January 2008. For more information about IONS, please visit http://osa.icfo.es/ions/index.php.
During the plenary session, a speaker announced the recipients of the 2007 Excellence Awards. Based on the results of independent judges, two Student Chapters and two Local Sections receive an Excellence Award certificate and a $1000 award (one in each Member category) based on the categories of programming and educational outreach. The winners of the 2007 Excellence Awards include the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal Student Chapter, University of Southampton Student Chapter, Rocky Mountain Local Section, and the Reno Tahoe Photonics Local Section of OSA.
We launched the Annual OSA Student Chapter Membership Recruitment Contest this month and I am looking forward to seeing how many chapters sign up to participate. There are more ways to win this year and the contest lasts longer. Be on the lookout for regular updates about the competing teams!
Finally, I would like to thank all of the Student Chapter and Local Section leaders who have continued to provide leadership and ingenuity. I look forward to working with you in 2008 to build an improved program for our volunteers.