Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship Fund


Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) was founded in 1925 by a small group of optometrists in Illinois. Today, BSK has student chapters in every school and college of optometry in the United States, with two in Canada, and one in Puerto Rico. The Society supports the formation and activities of student chapters and works with the schools and colleges to develop programs that foster academic excellence. Their mission is to stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence and the ethical practice of optometry and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eyes.

In 2010 Beta Sigma Kappa entered into partnership with the American Optometric Foundation by providing an initial donation of $50,000 to endow programs to support young researchers whose academic curiosity leads them to seek answers to professionally-based questions covering a wide area of vision science, clinical practice, or eye related public health. 

Contribution Form

Pledges and contributions are strongly encouraged. Please use the pledge form (PDF format) to make a contribution to the Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship Fund.



Anna F. Ablamowicz,OD, FAAO
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Investigation of an Inflammatory Component of Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy in Dry Eye Disease


Jillian F. Meadows, OD, MS, FAAO
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
The Isolated and Interactive Effects of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids on the Lipidome and Inflammatory Proteome of Human Meibomian Gland Epithelial Cells in Health and Disease


Melanie Akau, OD, FAAO
New England College of Optometry
Quality of Life, Macular Thickness, and Central Visual Field Characteristics in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Kristine Dalton, OD, PhD, FAAO
University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Examination of the Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Visual Function, Visual-Motor Coordination and Postural Stability in Adolescents


Brett King, OD, FAAO
Indiana University, School of Optometry
Measurement of Retinal Blood Flow Prior to and After Instillation of Topical Anti-Ocular Hypertensive Medications using an Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope

Christina E. Morettin, OD
Illinois College of Optometry
Visual Structure and Function in Contact Sport Athletes


Patrick A. Scott, OD, PhD, FAAO
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Morphological Characterization of Photoreceptor Degeneration in a Swine Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

Daniel Powell, OD, MS
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Assessment of tear film and ocular surface alterations in cigarette smokers