We are back! The SOCk website returns to action for 22-23 School Year

After an extended vacation, we are excited to bring you the SOCk website, a one-stop destination for all things SOCk. With the support of everyone, we can’t wait to bring our community together through a variety of networking, social, philanthropic, and academic events.


Browse around the site to learn about events, who we are, our sponsors, and how you can get involved.


There will be some special changes this semester, so get ready! 

Upcoming SOCk Events for Industrial Affiliates Fall 2019

The biannual Industrial Affiliates week is coming up in just under a month and SOCk is hosting a number of events to help you get prepared for the IA career fair on Monday October 21st.

On September 25th, we hosted a Resume Workshop which was the first in a series of two events SOCk, WiO, and POW are hosting to help you get your resume cleaned up.  Our next resume event will be on October 2nd at 4:30pm at 1702 which is located just north of Meinel on Speedway.  This will be a more informal resume review session so bring a copy of your resume for your peers to review and enjoy some pizza!

On October 18th at 12pm, our Community Speakers Friday will be several short talks from our students who had summer internships this past year. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to share their networking tips with their peers and show off what they worked on over the summer. Have an internship you would like to talk about? Sign up here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrWnsdE2A3X5WFD3n_IDbK2JEuDpo8NLVtKLV28CW7iXqKjw/viewform

Finally, SOCk will be hosting the Industrial Affiliates Poster Session on October 22nd at 5pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to present your research to the affiliates and get some conversations started. SOCk will be printing posters for the first handful of students who sign up here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsmatBI9KwpqTAeELn28pQW5swowwYsw0G36yBkLv7yPJbzg/viewform

Curious about who our affiliates are? Find the list here: https://www.optics.arizona.edu/outreach/industrial-affiliates

We hope to see you at some of these events!


Industrial Affiliates CSF

Come and listen to a talk by John Jackson about building connections at the Industrial Affiliates. Pizza will be provided after the talk to give everyone time to practice what they learned while they eat.

Room: 305 (The bottom floor of the new building)
Topic: Building connections at showcases
Day: 4/5/18
Time: 12 – 1 pm talk; 1- 1:30 pm pizza

Laser Fun Day 2018!

Our 8th Laser Fun Day is coming soon! Laser Fun Day 2018 is on April 7th, from 10AM to 3PM, and we need volunteers (You!) for this massive event.


All volunteers will receive a Laser Fun Day shirt, pizza, and Eegees.

Our first Laser Fun Day Committee meeting is Friday, February 2nd at noon. FREE pizza will be provided. Bring your ideas for optical demonstrations, and we can work on making them come to life; this isn’t a low budget event, as we are supported by our generous event sponsors. Come join us inspire kids about STEM and optics!

If you have any questions, please contact us at outreach@optics.arizona.edu


Laser Fun Day!

Hello everyone,

Work has begun planning for Laser Fun Day, and we need your help once again to run the event. Please sign up here to be an event volunteer! Volunteers will be fed lunch and receive a volunteer shirt, on top of the great perk of seeing kids smile at all the cool science we’ll show them. This is our 7th Laser Fun Day, and we’re going to have a great time. We once again have BAE Systems, SPIE, and OSA as event sponsors, so we’re well funded and ready to inspire the next generation of scientists. I hope to see you there!

If you’d like to join the planning committee itself, please email sock.outreach@optics.arizona.edu to learn about meeting times and how you can help. Thanks!

Welcome to 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome to 2017 and a new semester.

On Friday, January 20th, we will have our first community speakers of the the semester. We’ve got a lot of announcements and important information to cover to get this semester on the road, including:

  • Announcing the winner of the Fall VIP Series competition, and awarding the $250 prize
  • Getting everyone pumped (optically, of course) for Laser Fun Day, which will be on March 25th this year!
  • Showcasing plans for the major spring events, like our camping trip, the State of the College Address with Dean Koch, and other social and academic activities
  • Giving updates on our grants awarded from SPIE and OSA, and the cool new projects that they enable us to do that we need your help with
  • Finally, the wait is over, they’ve arrived……. SOCk socks are here! Many of you ordered them a while back, and they’ve finally come. For those of you who paid already (we have a list of your names), we’ll be distributing them. We have a limited number of additional SOCk socks, so come and get them while you can!

Thanks everyone! I hope to see you Friday at noon in 410/408.

Ben Cromey
SOCk President

IONS Tucson Event Photos

Dr. Dae Wook Kim's Keynote
Katie Schwertz at the Women in Optics Presentation
Our poster competition winners
Happy 100th, OSA!
Dr. Sorger's Keynote
Dr. McEldowney's keynote

IONS Tucson was a success! We had visitors from all around the world and US, including Russia, Egypt, the UK, Germany, France, Canada, and Mexico. We are grateful for the keynote speakers for their time, the sponsors for their support, and all the students who came from around the world to spend the weekend here in Tucson. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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