Optical Society of America Student Chapter at Iowa State University support your academic studies, power your research and provide opportunities that will propel your career in optics and photonics. The chapter is committed to engaging students at Iowa State University who are interested in optics and photonics. Optical Society of America Student Chapter receive many benefits including: attend the campus-wide student organization recruiting events; build social network accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the chapter and setup connections with new graduate and senior undergraduate students who are interested in photonics and optics; organize research seminars and recruited new members from the audience.
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Constitution / Tier
||Membership shall be who are interested in nonlinear optics, biophotonics, photonic materials, optical imaging, nanophotonics.
||Membership shall be ME/MS/PhD in electrical engineering. MS/PhD in condensed physics related to optics and photonics.
||As a member, one is required to attend organization meetings regularly, and actively support organization projects.
Description of Regular Meetings/Activities
|The chapter will meet at the beginning of each academic semester to develop working event/activities plans. The idea will be to have members to discuss the research and outreach interested and the available budget. Once a mutual understanding and relationship has been developed, possibly teaming for research projects, new courses, student recruitment, seminars etc. will be discussed to foster a strong recognizable OSA group at Iowa State.
The chapter is committed to engaging students at Iowa State University who are interested in optics and photonics. To recruit new members, the chapter plans will pursue the following three directions:
1. Attend the campus-wide student organization recruiting events
2. Build social network accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the chapter and setup connections with new graduate and senior undergraduate students who are interested in photonics and optics
3. Organize research seminars and recruite new members from the audience
Description of Special Events
|The chapter plans to teach “Science of Light” to 7th and 8th-grade students from the Gilbert/Ames Middle School at Ames Iowa. The lessons are directed towards demonstrating interesting optical phenomena and explain how the photonic technologies are applied in our daily lives.The lessons are comprised of a series of hand-on modules for optics education. For example, the students used lamp, prism, and grating to learn what the optical spectrum is and build their own 3D movie glasses using polarizers. The lessons will be given four times in the next 12 months.
Iowa is one of the foremost farming states in the United States. Agriculture plays an important role in our state. The emerging field of agri-photonics (or optical farming) offers tremendous opportunities to tackle agricultural problems. For example, the optical spectroscopy tools are being used to predict organic matters in the soil, protein levels in wheat harvests, to determine meat quality, to map water quality, and to screen for contaminants in eggs, fruits, and other foods. The chapter will work with the Practical Farmers of Iowa (a farmer-led nonprofit organization) to promote the awareness of new optical technologies in farmers’ societies and learn the real problems the farmers are facing nowadays.