What is Laser Fun Day?

Laser Fun Day is an event put on by the Student Optics Chapter at the U of A with the goal of demonstrating the wonderful world of optics to the public. The event consists of a full day of demos both created and led by optical science students. In the past, Laser Fun Day has been held locally here in Tucson, Arizona at the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. This year, we have moved to a virtual platform! This is exciting for us as we can now expand our community to bring the wonderful world of optics to anyone with internet access.

The content of this event is aimed to teach the public about optical sciences and shed light on the opportunity studying optical sciences can provide students. The Wyant College of Optical Sciences provides the #1 ranked education for Optical Sciences and Engineering in the nation and it is a large part of our student chapter mission to bring optics to the community and to inform of opportunities optical sciences can provide.

Event Team

The event team ...

Avalon McLeod

Undergraduate, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
My favorite thing to do in the summer time is surf!

Dani Trontz

Undergraduate, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: I am left handed!

Theme Team

The theme team...

Dominique 'Nikki' Gálvez

Undergraduate, Class of 2021

Fun Fact: 
In my free time, I enjoy cosplaying and I WILL talk your ear off about it.

Josie Maxwell

Masters, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
I found an unmapped connection in Peppersauce Cave while stringing electrical wire to the 'book room' during a cave cleanup.

Madeline Nowaczyk

Undergrad, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
In high school I helped train NFL and college athletes!

Recruitment Team

The recruitment team...

Clarissa DeLeon

PhD, Class of 2025

Fun Fact: 
As a military kid I have traveled all over the world!

Christian Pluchar

PhD, Class of 2023

Fun Fact: 
Worked a summer at LIGO and was there to witness the first binary neutron star merger they observed.

Demo Team

The demo team...

Maryam Baker

PhD, Class of 2025

Fun Fact: 
I've biked The Loop (the bike path that goes around Tucson) with my husband on a tandem bike we bought for our anniversary!

Sarina Grijalva

Undergraduate, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
I play the violin :)

Madeline Bergay

Undergraduate, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
I love roller skating!

Alejandro Barraza

Masters, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
I have a 20 year old iguana.

Alyssa Baller

Undergraduate, Class of 2021

Fun Fact: 
When I’m not doing school, I am either hiking or driving around while singing (well, some may beg to differ) and dancing.

Tech Team

The tech team...

Chase Toncheff

Undergraduate, Class of 2023

Fun Fact: 
The ability to juggle has to be one of the coolest parts about me.

Sebastian Valencia

Undergraduate, Class of 2022

Fun Fact: 
I took care of a baby goat with a broken leg back to health in my closet.

Greg Nero

PhD, Class of 2025

Fun Fact: 
I really enjoy embroidery, lacemaking, and other forms fabric/thread crafting!

Natzem Lima

PhD, Class of 2024

Fun Fact: 
I enjoy Skandinavian folk dancing!