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The Stanford Optical Society is a student-run organization at Stanford University interested in the promotion of optical science and technology. We collaborate with the Optical Society of America (OSA) Headquarters, SPIE Headquarters, other OSA and SPIE student chapters, and groups like the Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC) to provide exciting educational, networking, and community outreach activities.

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The Stanford Chapter of the Optical Society of America was formed in 1992, when Prof. Joseph W. Goodman was President of the OSA professional society.  The first Student Chapter President was Ph.D. Candidate Barry Shoop.

The Stanford OSA Student Chapter was reinstated to active status in 2004, and we began expanding our activities.

In 2006, we became an official Stanford University Student Group, combining our existing Stanford Student OSA Chapter with a new Stanford Student SPIE Chapter -- and we have been rapidly growing ever since!  We are now one of the largest student chapters in the world!

We are currently seeking former student chapter members to share some history of the chapter. If you are interested in contributing your story, please Contact Our Officers!

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