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UM SPIE/OSA Student Chapter

Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers & Optical Society of America


4th Annual Student Poster Competition in Optics and Photonics

Friday, April 4th, in the Kim Engineering Building at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1:30 to 7 pm.

Registration will start at 1:30 pm.

All students from universities in DC area are welcome to attend. [More...]

Get Involved!

The Student Chapter is looking for highly motivated individuals who want to help organize events and manage the chapter. Benefits include opportunities to participate in student leadership conferences, travel to collaborate with other student chapters and a chance to build your professional skills and resume. If you are interested in organizing community outreach events, managing the chapter or even publishing a journal, contact an officer today.

Poster Session Friday, April 4th

This year we will be hosting fourth annual poster session for students working in optics and photonics. Join us to share you research and meet new friends. Students working in optics and photonics in universities around DC, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania are invited. Don't miss a chance to win $300 for the best poster.

LUMOS - The Journal of Maryland Optics Students

Feature your research in LUMOS, the annual pre-print archive showcasing the work of UM graduate students in the areas of optics and photonics. Submit your work to LUMOS and become eligible to win cash prizes or travel grants to SPIE and OSA conferences around the world! [more...]


This coming Fall, Professor Tom Murphy will be teaching ENEE 791, Nonlinear Optics. This is an excellent course that covers numerous topics in theoretical and applied nonlinear optics. For more information, visit http://www.photonics.umd.edu/teaching/enee791.html or contact Professor Murphy.


Why join? With a student membership to SPIE or OSA, you are eligible for journal subscriptions, scholarships and travel grants. You also get discounts on conference registrations and the opportunity to participate in networking events. Applications are available here. Join today, or contact an officer for more information.

Congressional Visits Days 2008

Recently, two of our chapter members attended Congressional Visits Days, representing the OSA on Capitol Hill in order to lobby for increased funding for research and develoment. Check out the photos and information here, on OSA's website. Also see our gallery for more photos. [more...]

Community Outreach Events

Are you interested in teaching the next generation of scientists? We are looking for volunteers to help teach local high school classes about physics and optics. These sessions are a great way to help out local high school science teachers and also look great on resumes. Contact an officer if you are interested in helping out.