Welcome to Harvard SEAS Photonics Club!

We are a student-run organization whose mission is to educate students on research related to optics and photonics. 

If you would like to hear about additional Harvard SEAS Photonics events, please join our mailing list here.

We are currently looking for volunteers to present! If you are interested in presenting a paper, please fill out the form here.

As of Fall 2017, Journal Club is held bi-monthly on Fridays, 12-1pm. Upcoming events will be posted here. 



Here are some exciting events we have lined up for the near future:

Dear Photonics Pholks,
It's been a great many years as your executive officers - we've had biweekly journal clubs, outreach events, socials, and a Boston-wide conference. It's now time for you to step up to the plate and lead the way forward! Being on the Photonics Executive Board is a great opportunity for leadership and involvement in the community. Many of us have had a chance to travel for free to various conferences.
Next Tuesday (August 22), instead of journal club, we're having a vote for the new executive committee. There will still be pizza and fun discussions, never fear! So please join us even if you are not running.
If you'd like to run, please send a paragraph with a short biography and any ideas you have for the photonics club to photonics@seas.harvard.edu by Sunday August 20 evening.
(You can run even if you cannot join on August 22 - someone will represent you, just let us know.)
Details about the different positions are below. We created a few new ones beyond those required for OSA and SPIE so feel free to suggest your own.
Harvard SEAS Photonics Executive Board 2016-2017
The broad responsibilities for each position are listed below, but the actual responsibilities will depend on who wants to take part in which roles. The goal is that if enough people take on responsibilities, the time for any one person to commit will be minimal.

Necessary positions to fill

President and vice president

organize board meetings and coordinates the efforts of the group as a whole. make sure grants are submitted on time for funding from OSA, SPIE, SEAS.


keep track of the Harvard Photonics bank account. spend funds on behalf of the club for events.


keep minutes at Harvard Photonics meetings and distribute them to the rest of the group. Primary contact for communication with the photonics listserv.


maintains the Harvard Photonics website http://photonics.seas.harvard.edu/ and keeps it up to date (OpenScholar website - no coding experience required!).

Bonus positions based on our 2016-2017 needs

Events and outreach coordinator

come up with and organize events with help from the rest of the board

Industry outreach coordinator

plan industry talks and visits. coordinate sponsorships as needed.


If you are interested in any of these positions or roles, please contact Harvard Photonics (photonics@seas.harvard.edu) to nominate yourself with a short statement about yourself by August 20, 2017.
Past and future events: New ideas for the future are more than welcome!

Journal Club - Keep the bi-weekly journal club going. New ideas such as our Landmark Paper Series.

Speakers - Professors tell all series, industry speakers, local researchers, invited speakers for the Photonics Conference. Talks have been about research, careers, life, etc.

Outreach - Hands-on optics and photonics demonstrations to the broader community (K-12 schools, museum of science, adults, etc.).

Social events - One of the highlights was a Wikipedia Editathon!

Industrial Visits - Plan visits to optics and photonics-related tech and industrial companies in the Boston area

Student Conferences - Help organize and plan local conferences for students from different universities.



Journal Club

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 12 - 1pm
Outside in front of the Buckminster's café, behind the LISE/Gordon McKay Lab buildings (Rain Location LISE 311)
Pizza will be provided!

Journal club is meeting throughout the summer. One person will volunteer to present a paper they found interesting or cool, and will lead the discussion (e.g. by providing questions or by reading a bit more into the background on the articles).

Lunch will be provided for everyone who attends :)

Journal Club

Friday, March 10th, 2017, 12 - 1pm
LISE 311
Pizza will be provided!

Journal club will start meeting again for the spring semester! One person will volunteer to present a paper they found interesting or cool, and will lead the discussion (e.g. by providing questions or by reading a bit more into the background on the articles).

Lunch will be provided for everyone who attends :)



Boston Photonics Centennial Conference

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Northwest Building, Harvard University
52 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Find out more about the conference here.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Boston Photonics Centennial Conference! We will be sending out a feedback survey shortly.



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