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Form a Student Chapter or Club

SPIE Student Chapters offer opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, perform outreach in the community, develop professional and leadership skills, form partnerships with industries, and can be a very rewarding student member experience.

Educational Institution Requirements:

The educational institution must have at least one of the following:

  • Graduate Degree Program or equivalent in Physics, Engineering, or other optics-related field (e.g. MSc In Biomedical Optics) with ability to specialize in optics coursework.
  • Bachelor's Program or equivalent program specific to optics (e.g. BSc in Laser Technology; excludes broad programs such as BSc in Electrical Engineering)
  • Certificate programs specific to optics (e.g. Precision Machining - Optical Fabrication)

As well as: 

  • Support for student optics research from professors specialized in the field

Membership Requirements:

  • Potential chapter advisor - This individual must be a full-time faculty at the educational institution who is also a current Early Career Professional or Regular SPIE Member. 
  • A minimum of 10 current SPIE Student Members affiliated to the educational institution. 

Applicant Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be a current SPIE Student Member at the educational institution. Potential chapter advisors are not permitted to apply. 

Disclaimer:

Even if the above educational institution, membership, and applicant requirements are met, the formation of a chapter is not guaranteed. There may be reasons as to why an SPIE Student Chapter may not be a good fit. These reasons often include lack of previous member engagement with SPIE and/or lack of research specific to furthering optics and photonics technologies or applications.  

Process:

Stage 1 - SPIE Optics and Photonics 2021 Review deadline of 1 May 2021.

  • Chapter Interest Application 
  • Review: If approved, the application moves to Stage 2

Stage 2 - SPIE Optics and Photonics 2021 Review deadline of 1 June 2021. 

  • Complete Chapter Application 
  • Review: After the deadline, applications are reviewed. If approved, the application goes to the Board of Directors for certification. 
  • Certification: At one of our four annual Board of Directors meetings, the chapter application will go up for certification. 
  • Notification: After the Board of Directors certifies the chapter, the chapter applicant is notified of official approval. 

To apply: 

To apply, please login to the SMapply Application here using your SPIE username (email) and password. If you have forgotten your account information, please open this link and click "Forgot Username" and/or "Forgot Password."

Photonics West 2021 Applications currently approved for Stage 2: Your application deadline has been extended to 27 November 2020 in an effort to accommodate extra challenges students are facing this year.