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Photonics West Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

Over 40 SPIE student chapter members attended the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at Photonics West this month. Traditionally SPIE student services has held Leadership Workshops at SPIE Optics + Photonics and the European workshop at either SPIE Photonics Europe or SPIE Optical Metrology, but increased growth in the student chapter program led to a third workshop held at SPIE Photonics West.

Students came to San Francisco a day early to particiapte in the workshop before the start of the conference. Topics of the workshop included the nuts and bolts of chapter benefits, effective chapter management and the art of persuasion. A highlight of the afternoon was a role playing excercise where students acted out typical chapter situations. The goal was to identify a difficult situation (like convincing chapter members to be involved in chapter activities) and use some of the learned tactics of persuasion to improve the outcome.

Chapter members also attended the Student Chapter Meeting on Sunday evening where they discussed International Year of Light events and career opportunites after they are no longer a student.

Full-day Leadership Workshops with Jean-luc Doumont will be held later this year at SPIE Optical Metrology (Laser Munich) in Munich and SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego. To learn more please email students@spie.org.