About our Chapter

We are a student-run organization (under the joint supervision of OSA and SPIE) at the Pennsylvania State University interested in the promotion of optical science and technology. Since October 2003, our mission has been to provide exciting educational, networking, and outreach activities for the State College community. Anyone interested in optics is encouraged to attend our events!

Our activities involve meetings with the members and institutional leaders of Pennsylvania, seminars and lecture series by renowned scientists in related fields. Science outreach to local high school students is also an important part of our activities.

Aside from the above activities regularly organize coffee socials with students and faculty to promote interaction and collaboration between research groups at Penn State. We often meet to just have fun - we visit nearby state parks for hiking and meet up at the local bowling alley!