The submission window opens April 1, 2021 and closes June 1, 2021.
One award will be granted to an optometrist currently serving as a current resident during the application window. Residents in primary care, comprehensive eye care, family practice, or ocular disease programs within and affiliated with a North American school or college of optometry are eligible. Anyone who is not currently completing or is yet to begin a residency for the 2020-2021 academic year is ineligible.
Applicants should read an article by Dr. Hopkins, Primary Care Are We All on the Same Page? and write a one-page essay on the importance of comprehensive optometric practice currently and into the future. http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/toc/2006/01000
Applications must be submitted via our online submission system and must include the following:
The applicant must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); whether as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of acceptance of any award. To learn more, visit the AAO website: Student Membership for student membership information and Candidate for Fellowship for how to become a Fellow.
- Date/status of when AAO membership was obtained.
- A brief description of the residency program, including affiliated institution, program title, and program supervisor with contact information.
- CV with applicant's education, as well as any honors, research or teaching experience.
- A one-page statement of short and longer-term career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on educational qualifications, research abilities, and potential. One of which must be the Residency Director or Program Coordinator of the institution. The recommender will receive an email once the applicant has submitted their application with directions on how to upload their letter.
All grant/award submissions are initially reviewed for completeness and eligibility by AAO/AAOF staff. Staff will work to notify applicants of eligibility and incompleteness prior to the application deadline to the extent feasible. Complete, eligible applications are then sent to a reviewing body chosen by the organization. Each reviewing body is specifically chosen so as to allow the most knowledgeable merit review of the application. This reviewing body sends its recommendations to the Programs Advisory Committee (PAC) who uses the reviewing body recommendations to select the final awardees in alignment with programmatic needs and corresponding gift agreements. The decision of the PAC is then sent to the AAOF Board for review and approval. The AAO/AAOF Conflict of Interest policy governs the actions of individuals involved throughout this review and approval process.
Prior to the award window opening the guidelines for any given award are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure all award criteria is met.
All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the award 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 award including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.
For further information contact:
Awards and Student Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington St #300
Orlando, FL 32801