The submission window opens July 2, 2018 and closes July 31, 2018.
Each year the AAO will offer an Elmer H. Eger Memorial student travel fellowship of $750 to attend the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting. The schools will follow a rotation schedule which gives eight schools
a year the opportunity to submit a nominee. The institutions will send their nomination to Chrisina Valasquez, Education Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student MUST be a member of the American Academy of Optometry. To become a student member please visit Student Membership
- Applicant must be a third or fouth year student. (Post-docs and residents are not eligible).
Applicant is pursuing a career in private practice.
- Submit a one page statement describing why you want to pursue a career in private practice
- Accepted paper or poster is not required
Eligible Institutions in 2018:
- Indiana University, School of Optometry
- Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry
- Southern College of Optometry
- University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
- University of California, School of Optometry
- University of Montreal, School of Optometry
- University of Waterloo, School of Optometry
The Academy Student Travel Fellowship statements are evaluated by the Academy’s Membership Committee.
Although students can apply to attend a meeting for which they have previously been awarded a travel fellowship, priority may be given to first-time awardees.
It is the standard policy of the AAOF that program recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event as part of their award cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO.
Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision prior to the Academy annual meeting. Recipients are required to attend the AAOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM where they will receive their check.
All award recipients by application 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 may 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, or annual meeting promotional materials.
Please direct all eligibility and application questions regarding the AAOF Student Travel Fellowships to:
Christina Velazquez, Education Program Manager at Christinav@aaopt.org