News & Events

Whether it's an article on the front page of an industry magazine or a Thursday-afternoon Colloquium lecture by one of the top minds in optics, the news and events of the College of Optical Sciences keep information in motion in the Meinel Building.

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College of Optical Science Latest NewsWatts Up! & Other News

OSC's primary source of information is our biweekly newsletter, Watts Up! But you can also explore all things UA Optics through our press releases, feature articles, media mentions and quicknews.

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College of Optical Sciences ColloquiumsColloquium Lecture Series

A lively forum wherein academic scholars and industry leaders discuss groundbreaking research and encourage questions and comments. Held on Thursdays during the academic year, the forum is open to students, faculty, the optics community and the general public.

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College of Optical Sciences Event CalendarCalendar of Events

View a month-by-month overview of UA and OSC events, including those for alumni, colloquiums, workshops, presentations and other industry related events.

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College of Optical Sciences Photo GalleriesOSC Photo Galleries

We make an effort to document every significant event that occurs at the College of Optical Sciences. Peruse events going back to 2003 in our photo gallery section.

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College of Optical Sciences VIdeosOSC Videos

The College of Optical Sciences, its faculty and students and events and presentations have been featured in numerous videos ranging from local news pieces to associated YouTube channels. 

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Featured Events

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    The Wyant College commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on May 14 in the Arizona Stadium with the College of Engineering. Each graduating student will be allowed up to four in-person, ticketed guests. The ceremony will be livestreamed via the University of Arizona YouTube page with a pre-show beginning at 6 p.m.  RSVP Today!  Students may attend virtually if they are unable to travel to the University of Arizona campus. The livestream of the event will be recorded and posted to Any student who has RSVPed as attending in person or virtually will have their name read aloud and individually recognized by slide. Students who plan to attend in person will have the opportunity to walk across the stage. The university is also inviting graduating students to share any thoughts, opinions or comments on the upcoming celebration so you can be recognized in the best way possible. Submit that survey here. The Colleges of Engineering and Optical Sciences do not oversee the RSVP and ticket systems. For any questions, please reach the official university commencement team at or (520) 621-3644. Allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Find a list of useful FAQs here. Additional details will also be available in the coming weeks at  Latest update: 4/14/2021
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Join us May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate light and how optics and photonics make our lives better every day! Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and Optics Valley are hosting the livestreamed celebration.  The International Day of Light is a global initiative to appreciate light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light allows different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace. More: The Wyant College is taking part in the celebration by being a sponsor of the event, participating in the event committee, and contributing content created by our amazing student-body and student organizations.  
  • Monday, May 17, 2021  
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Based on the event series presented by Tech Launch Arizona, the USPTO, and, Claim Your Seat at the Table is an exciting new resource for University of Arizona women interested in increasing their impact outside of academia by exploring commercialization and entrepreneurship. In this four-session workshop, UArizona women will work with Tech Launch Arizona, ecosystem members, and mentors to learn how to think of themselves as inventors, how to build strong teams, how to find their customers, and how to raise money to achieve their goals: Customer Discovery:  Who Will Pay For Your Invention? Participants learn customer discovery interview skills based on proven NSF I-Corps programming.  Teams assess their technology's commercial viability and put Lean Startup Methodology techniques into use. Beyond Grants: Understanding the Funding Lifecycle  Participants engage with experts from Tech Launch Arizona and representatives from potential funding sources (public and private) to identify the available options that are most appropriate at each stage. Inaugural cohort dates May 6, 13, 20 & 27.  3:30-5:00pm.