Student Welcome Reception

Wednesday, November 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Generously sponsored by:

National Vision

VSP Global

Kick-off the annual meeting at this students-only reception.

Student and Resident Awards Lunch

Thursday, November 8, Noon – 1 PM
This luncheon will honor the best student scientific program presenters from Academy 2017 Chicago and the 2018 student and resident travel fellowship recipients.

Special Students Only Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, November 8, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Students will have a special opportunity to meet and network with over 150 exhibitors in attendance while playing Optometric Pursuit. While you’re there, stop by the Academy membership booth in the Exhibit Hall to ask a Fellow any question you have about membership or the Academy.

Ask the Experts - ASCO Exhibit Hall Booth 

Thursday, November 8, 10 - 11:30 AM 
Friday, November 9, 10 - 11:30 AM

This November at Academy 2018 San Antonio, the ASCO Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) will co-host two Ask the Experts ‘pop-up’ events for students/graduate students at the ASCO exhibit booth – Booth 1555. These joint ASCO-AAO events will feature experts from academia who will be available to engage in casual conversations and Q & A with students. Students considering a career in academe and research are the target audience. The first event will be held Thursday, November 8 during the student focus exhibit hall hours of 10 - 11:30 AM. There will be food, raffle giveaways and other surprises, and of course an invaluable opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one conversations with distinguished scholars/researchers who are willing to share their career journey and offer advice. The second Ask the Experts event will take place at the ASCO booth (1555) on Friday, November 9 from 10 - 11:30 AM Any student or graduate student interested in gaining insight into optometric research careers and pathways in academia are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, November 8 from 10-11:30
Our Experts:

Dr. Heather Anderson, Associate Professor, University of Houston, College of Optometry
Dr. Joseph Bonanno, Dean, Indiana University, School of Optometry (IUSO)
Dr. Mitch Scheiman, Dean of Research, Director of Graduate Programs, Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Friday, November 9 from 10-11:30
Our Experts
Dr. Kelly Nichols, Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Dr. Rachel Redfern, Associate Professor, University of Houston, College of Optometry
Dr. Dean VanNasdale, Jr., Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, College of Optometry

Essilor Academic Challenge at Academy Stadium

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
This event will determine which school has what it takes to be crowned the champion. Academic teams from the schools and colleges of optometry will compete against each other in an entertaining environment to see which team has what it takes to win the coveted title.

Student Networking Luncheon

Friday, November 9, Noon – 1:30 PM

Generously sponsored by:

VS logo

Meet and network with students from other schools. Staff from residency programs will be available to answer questions.

Student Fellowship Program

Distinguish yourself by becoming a Student Fellow. Sign up when you register for Academy 2018 San Antonio!

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