Dec. 21 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Happy New Year from OSC

    The College of Optical Sciences would like to wish you and yours a happy new year. May all your endeavors be met with success and appreciation. Watts Up! will return after the university closure on Jan. 4, 2018.

    Fifty Years of Optical Sciences at the UA Book Available for Purchase

    Now available in the College of Optical Sciences Online Store for $45, Fifty Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, edited by Harrison H. Barrett, John E. Greivenkamp, and Eustace L. Dereniak. The text is offered in a high-quality hardcover binding and includes approximately 300-pages of information on the history of the College of Optical Sciences.

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    Winter School and Workshop

    Once again, the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona will host the annual Optics and Photonics Winter School and Workshop January 4-7 2018. The 2018 Winter School will bring together a select group of undergraduate students for an overview of foundational topics in optics and their relation to current research.

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    RiO Undergraduate Summer Research Program Now Accepting Applications

    The Research in Optics (RiO) Program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity. Every year the program hosts talented undergraduates to perform innovative research projects with College of Optical Sciences Staff. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) which hosts a number of beneficial workshops and speakers on skills needed for success for graduate school. 

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    Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Receives Match

    The Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award closes 31 December 2017 and has thus far raised $193,000 USD, with an end goal of $250,000 USD. In support of the award OSC Ph.D. Alumnus, Chris Koliopoulos, long-time friend of Kevin and former CEO of Zygo Corporation, agreed to partner with Dr. Jannick Rolland and the OSA Foundation by offering to match donations received in December up to $25,000 USD.

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    2018 OSC Alumni and Industrial Affiliates Reception

    Join the College of Optical Sciences for a special Alumni and Industrial Affiliates Reception on January 30th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, W San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Details and Register Here. Registration is required.

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    New Year's Holiday - no classes

    Jan 1

    Winter School and Workshop

    Jan 4-7

    Classes Begin

    Jan 10

    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - no classes

    Jan 15

    Coherent Info Session

    Jan 23

    2018 OSC Alumni and Industrial Affiliates Reception

    Jan 30



    Winter Commencement Photos Available

    The 2017 Winter Commencement ceremony took place on Friday, Dec. 15 and was followed by a small celebration in the Meinel 3rd floor lobby. Photos of the event are now online in our photo gallery, and high-resolution versions are available by request.


    Thorlabs, Inc. Joins Industrial Affiliates

    Please welcome ThorLabs, Inc., creator of the ever-popular "Lab Snacks" and producer of quality optical components. They join our Industrial Affiliates Program as a Leadership Partner.

    Coherent Info Session

    Industrial Affiliate, Coherent, is coming to the College of Optical Sciences on January 23, 2018 at 5pm in Meinel Room 307 to present a special information session. Students are encouraged to attend and learn more from this partner of OSC.

    If you would like to learn more about Employer Info Sessions check this out.


    Superlative Staff: 2017 Year-End Celebration

    Staff Recognition Program banner

    On December 7th outside of the Meinel building, the final staff recognition awards were presented after a fantastic meal during the OSC Holiday Party. Awards presented included the 4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer and the Employee of the Year.

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    Congratulations Lucy

    All of OSC was saddened to hear that come the new year the college would be losing a valued member of its team. However, everyone is also very happy and excited to wish Lucy Sandoval all the best as she adventures into her new position in her rising career. 

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    Holiday Party Photos Online

    Photos from the 2017 OSC Holiday Celebration, Staff Appreciation, and Gift Exchange are now online in our photo gallery section. Check out the craziness that ensued and the appreciation that was shared. Wishing all at OSC Happy Holidays!