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Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of Focal Point, an e-newsletter written by OSA Student Chapter and Local Section members!  This update is a great way to learn about the wide range of member activities taking place around the world.

If you are interested in joining a chapter, please review this list of locations. If your university doesn’t have a chapter, please consider starting one. Having a chapter brings you great opportunities for professional development, networking and fun!

You can also connect with us at the OSA Social Media Hub.

And don’t forget, the due date for new Focal Point articles is 30 June– tell us what you’ve been up to!

As a reminder, all Student Chapters and Local Sections are required to submit an Annual Report and membership roster by 31 May. If you have any questions, please email

In this issue:

News from Student Chapters

News from OSA



OSA is happy to welcome these new Student Chapters: Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom), The American University in Cairo (Egypt), OSA Chapter of Montana State University (United States), KTH Student Chapter of OSA (Sweden), Appalachian State University Physics and Astronomy Club (United States), UTFPR OSA Student Chapter at Federal University of Technology Paraná (Brazil), Kazan National Research Technical University (Russia), Universidad de Pamplona- COUP OSA Student Chapter (Columbia)

Please forward this newsletter to others who may be interested.

Helpful information about Local Section and Student Chapter resources is available online---please check it out and send us your suggestions!

Please call or email 202-416-1432 or at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!