OSA and SPIE Student Chapters
The Otago University Physics department has student chapters of both the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE, formerly the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers ). The chapters support their members by stimulating professional and social interaction among the community of optics students. For more information, visit OSA/SPIE University of Otago Student Chapters
Left: The founding executive of the Otago Student Chapter of SPIE
Students have the opportunity to be involved in outreach to local and distant schools. In 2013 Esther Haines, the department's outreach coordinator, and a group of postgraduate student volunteers toured six primary schools in Central Otago with activities and demonstrations relating to optics in practice.
Left: The outreach team in Wanaka
Rutherford Shield Challenge, Event 1: Archery
Every year the Physics and Chemistry departments go head to head in 3 or 4 events, the winner claiming the Rutherford Shield. The chemists bested the physicists this year, a first win in three years. We'll have to train hard for the rest of this year's events!
Our postgrads are actively involved in the social side of the department. Postgraduate students organise Happy Hour for postgrads and staff, pool nights, and the Physics and Maths Weekend Retreat held annually at a location outside of Dunedin. Left: Teambuilding games at the 2013 Retreat