Graduate Student Organization Series: meet the Photonics Society!

by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:45 AM

Looking to find community on campus? The Graduate Student Organization Series features profiles of social, professional, and affinity groups for graduate students.

This article features the Photonics Society.


The Photonics Society is a professional development organization and a joint student chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), SPIE, and Optical Society of America (OSA). It hosts periodic guest seminars in recent photonics research, holds photonics-themed banquets and workshops, and organizes outreach to the surrounding community in photonics education.


The Photonics Society offers a variety of activities, including lectures, outreach events, social events, student talks, and Women in Photonics Week. They hold general meetings every two weeks on Wednesdays at 2pm (the next one is on 4/21).

In celebration of the International Day of Light (May 16), the UCSB Photonics Society is creating kits for local students to learn about laser communications! These kits are based on the activity hosted at MOXI and will be safely distributed during early May. See the photo below from the 2019 MOXI event.

In collaboration with the Quantum Foundry, the Photonics Society is hosting a Quantum Industry Showcase where students will be able to talk with companies during two fireside chats, network virtually, and show off their work in a poster competition. Students can attend the event by registering here before April 22. 



There are different mailing lists for meetings, events, news, and outreach. Subscribe to any/all of these on the website.





Michael Choquer: President

Stephen Misak: Vice President

Michael Nickerson: Treasurer

Jiawei Wang: Secretary

Watch the below video from the Photonics Society!

Learn about all of the organizations in the series and be sure to subscribe to the GradPost for the latest updates!

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