The Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award (established in 1970) is sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist. The recipient will present a special lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry on his or her current research contributions. It is also expected that the recipient will submit a manuscript on that topic to Optometry and Vision Science.
The award is given annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of the quality, significance, impact, and relevance to optometry of his or her current research contributions. Fulfilling these criteria requires that the nominee be at the mid-career stage, meaning that current accomplishments are worthy of the award and the nominee is highly likely to continue to make significant contributions to his or her field.