Hello, CIAN students!
The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) at the College of Optical Sciences is organizing an OSA International OSA Network of Students (IONS) conference coming up in the fall, and we would love to have some CIAN students attend. Registration is free, and the conference is packed with great opportunities for you.
- All out of town conference attendees will have their hotel paid for Friday-Sunday night at the Double Tree Inn and Suites. In addition, we have travel grants for international students and undergraduates. More information is on our travel page!
- This is a student conference! We have provided lots of opportunities for you to socialize with your fellow OSA students from around the globe, such as spending an evening in downtown Tucson, visiting the world renowned Desert Museum, a social poster session, and other chances throughout our four days together.
- A sit down breakfast is provided every morning by the Double Tree, and nearly all other meals will be covered by the conference.
- Our invited speakers include the director of the BIO5 institute Dr. Jennifer Barton, and Oculus Rift Lead Engineer Dr. Scott McEldowney. We will have two additional keynote speakers, and are waiting to hear back from them to confirm.
- Our event programming includes panel discussion about careers in industry and academia, as well as learning how to best manage your student chapter.
More information on conference programming and events can be found on our website! You can register for the conference on this page on our website, which also includes instructions on how to submit your abstracts for consideration.
Thanks so much! I hope to see you in the fall at IONS Tucson 2016!
BENJAMIN CROMEY –GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
NSF Fellow Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his PhD in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and worked with 3D Holographic Displays as an undergraduate. Currently, he works with Dr. Khanh Kieu on fiber lasers and Multiphoton Microscopy. Ben’s posts.
This year, I received a CIAN student travel grant for conference travel. Thanks to this grant, I headed to New Zealand over Thanksgiving for the International Network of OSA Students Conference on Optics, Atoms, and Laser Applications (IONS KOALA). Throughout the week, I gave a presentation on my research, listened to students from around the world present their research, heard a talk by a Nobel laureate, and explored the city of Auckland!
KOALA is a conference that bounces between Australia and New Zealand every year, so naturally, its mascot is a koala hugging a kiwi:
Each year’s organizing team adds a new patch, although the poor koala is starting to run out of space.
This was a student conference, which showed in a couple of ways. We were told at the start of the conference that anyone going over their time limit (15 minutes for most talks) would get shot with a Nerf gun until they stopped talking. This was apparently a pretty effective threat, because only one presenter went over time. Also, the organizers went out of their way to ensure that the presenters felt encouraged; if no one in the audience had a question at the end of a talk, the session chair would always ask something.
After a long flight from London, it was nice to return to the US for the annual Materials Research Society Spring Conference held in sunny San Francisco. Thousands of professionals, enthusiasts, and students gathered from around the world for presentations, events, and exhibits, spanning across two conference hotels and the enormous Moscone West Convention Center. It was an incredible experience, and I am very thankful for such an amazing opportunity.
At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)
On Monday, the conference started off with tutorial sessions on a wide variety of interesting topics. I attended a workshop on biomolecular motors for nanodevices, and then a session about characterizing nanowires. That night, I got to attend the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, which is one of the most coveted awards in materials science, right below the Nobel Prize. This year’s winner, Dr. Hongyou Fan, presented his research developing a new technique to synthesize nanomaterials. Continue reading
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Tagged College of Optical Science, Conference, IOU-NA, Native American, Optical Sciences, professionalism, Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU, University of Arizona
Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (aka SACNAS) hosts a national conference in the hopes of gathering various universities, scientific organizations, scientists, researchers, and future researchers together to share ideas and help students that belong in minority ethnic groups get the edge they need to make it in today’s academic world.
This years SACNAS Conference was held in Los Angeles and I was there to experience the conference amenities and share with potential candidates my experience in the REU program I participated in over the summer. If you would like to read about my experience in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate-Native Americans program click here.
The conference ran from October 16th-18th, and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which to my surprise was right next door to the famous Staples Center.
The view when you first walk into the convention.
The first day, I focused on going to professional development meetings and some lectures I found interesting. Continue reading
Several weeks ago, I attended SPIE’s Optics +Photonics 2014 conference in San Diego, CA. My primary purpose for attending was to take part in the Student Leadership Conference for student chapter officers. I was recently elected as the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, so this was an appropriate event to prepare me for my greater leadership role this year.
The SOCk officers present at Optics + Photonics, from left to right: Soha Namnabat, Outreach Co-chair this year (CIAN student); myself; Dawson Baker, our president for SOCk this year; Dale Karas, last year’s president.
After the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop on Saturday, the main conference began. In addition to the technical presentations, there continued to be student development workshops, as well as fun events. One of my favorite events from the conference was the Optics Outreach Games. Student chapters could bring an outreach demonstration of theirs to the conference and compete with other chapters for awards from judges and from participants. We brought our Schlieren imaging system to the competition. Continue reading