History and Purpose

David A. Goss, OD, PhD, and Diane Goss have established the David and Diane Goss Optometry History Fellowship.

Purpose:

The fellowship will provide support for an individual pursuing research in optometric history. The award will provide a biennial, $1,000 fellowship for an optometry history researcher or student to visit a library, archives, or museum to conduct research.

Applicants may be optometrists or optometry students but may also be individuals outside the field of optometry, as an example, a historian or a librarian, and may be at any career stage, from student to retirement.

A condition of acceptance of the fellowship is that, one year after an award is made, the recipient will submit a progress report suitable for publication in Hindsight, the Optometric Historical Society's quarterly publication.

Eligibility and Application

The submission window opens June 1, 2018 and closes Aug 1, 2018.

Applicants may be optometrists or optometry students, but may also be individuals outside the field of optometry, as an example, a historian or a librarian, and may be at any career stage, from student to retirement.

Applications must include the following:

  1. Applications must begin with a cover letter consisting of full contact information including how the applicant's degree should appear in reports and/or news items.
  2. The applicant must submit a two-page description of how the David and Diane Goss Optometry History Fellowship will be used, the opportunity that it will provide, and the impact it will have on the applicant's career. The maximum time to use award funds is one year from the announcement of the fellowship.
  3. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages should accompany the application.

Applications should be emailed to AAOF@aaoptom.org  and include the words "LAST NAME, GOSS” in the subject line of the email. (Ex. Rubin, Goss) Attachments should be saved as pdfs with the title “LAST NAME, GOSS (AND YEAR)”

If you have any questions regarding the award please contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager at 321-319-4870 or jenniferr@aaoptom.org

Review Committee:

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of their peers. Review results will then be forwarded to the AAOF Programs Approval Committee and to the AAOF Board of Directors for final approval.

Award Notes

Please note: Guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their materials to ensure it meets all criteria.

All award recipients by application/nomination and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials or 

Recipients

Inaugural fellowship will be given at Academy 2018 San Antonio.