OSA Student Chapter @ Bilkent established

June 21, 2012

The Optical Society (OSA) has recognized OSA Student Chapter @ Bilkent University.
This newest addition joins more than 260 OSA Student Chapter organizations in
more than 50 countries around the world. OSA is an international scientific
society dedicated to promoting the generation, application and archiving of
knowledge in optics and photonics and disseminating this knowledge worldwide.
The purposes of the society are scientific, technical and educational.

OSA Student Chapters provide leadership experience and year-round networking
opportunities for students with an interest in optics and photonics. They also
work closely with schools and community groups to present programs such as
hands-on demonstrations, lab tours, contests and competitions, and more.

"Building a strong network of OSA Student Chapters around the globe is one of
OSA's highest priorities," said OSA President Tony Heinz. "We are pleased to
welcome Bilkent University's new Student Chapter to our growing network of
chapters and local sections. Their work will further OSA's goal of bringing
awareness of the importance of optics and photonics to a worldwide audience."

To support OSA Student Chapters, OSA provides a variety of benefits, such as
start-up funds and the opportunity to apply for activity and educational outreach
grants, an annual traveling lecturer program, travel support for one Student
Chapter member to attend OSA's annual Leadership Meeting, eligibility for a
Student Chapter Excellence Award, support for the International OSA Network of
Students (IONS) event and more. Complete details on benefits can be found on the
Student Services section of OSA's website.

To learn more about the Bilkent University's OSA Student Chapter, please contact
Yazgan Tuna. More information about OSA's Student Chapter program is available
on OSA's website or by contacting chaptersandsections@osa.org, +1.202. 416.1432.

About OSA Student Chapter @ Bilkent University

President: Yazgan Tuna
Vice-Presidents: Mite Mijalkov
                            Hakan Atakişi
Secretary: Özer Duman
Treasurer: S. Sinem Yılmaz

Event Manager: Alper İlhan

Other Officers: Sevgin Sakıcı
                          Özge Alparslan
                          Oğuzhan Yücel

Other Members: Aykut Argun
                            Abdullah Kahraman
                            Osman Gümüş
                            Mustafa Erol
                            Deniz C. Gündüz
                            Kutan Gürel

Advisor: Dr. Giovanni Volpe


About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA)
brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.