Washington, DC -- The OSA Foundation (OSAF) has announced the details of the programs it will fund in the second half of 2012. The initiatives include new and continuing grants that support optics education and outreach activities and forward the OSAF’s goal to inspire future generations of science, engineering and business leaders.
Three of the programs approved by the OSAF Board in May 2012 are highlighted below. A complete list of OSAF activities is available at www.osa-foundation.org.
National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)/National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) Student Prizes
New this year, the OSAF will provide grants to five outstanding student presenters at the Physics Diversity Summit and the Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. The conference – which brings together more than 500 African American and Hispanic American physics students and professionals – includes a technical program as well as student professional development, mentoring and recruitment activities.
Support of the Optics Suitcase program continues with funding to distribute 100 Suitcases during the next 12 months. The Suitcase, developed and fabricated by OSA’s Rochester Local Section, is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to a variety of science concepts. Suitcases are made available to OSA Student Chapters as part of the OSA Activity and Youth Education Grant Program. The OSAF’s partnership with the Rochester Section has helped distribute hundreds of Suitcases and theme packets to students and teachers around the world. A step-by-step guidebook has been developed to help Suitcase demonstrators and has been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
OSA Student Chapter Youth Education Grants
With more than 260 Student Chapters worldwide, Youth Education Grants fund chapter outreach programs and promote science learning by working directly with local grade school students at events such as classroom demonstrations and science fairs. The renewed funding will support approximately 40 programs in the second half of 2012.
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