2018 Student of the Year Award
The American Optometric Student Association recognizes Optometry students in their third or fourth year of school who show leadership skills when serving their profession, their patients, and their community.
● The nominee must be an AOSA/AOA member.
● The nominee must be a third or fourth year optometry student in good academic standing.
● The nominee must be nominated by an AOA/AOSA member.
● AOSA Trustees and Executive Council members are not eligible
JUDGING AND SELECTION
The Student of the Year will be selected by the AOSA/AOA Awards Committee, comprised of AOSA and AOA Trustees, and honored at Optometry’s Meeting 2018. The Student of Year will receive up to $1,000 travel stipend to attend Optometry’s Meeting 2018.
RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
All nominations for the AOSA Student of the Year Award shall conform to the following requirements:
- Nominations are to be submitted online. A statement, not to exceed 1,500 words, should accompany the nomination, explain the primary reason the nominee should be named as award recipient (see Criteria section).
- Supplemental information (i.e., letters of recommendation, curricula vitae, etc.) may also be attached to the form.
- Nomination of a person in any given year does not preclude future nominations of the same person.
- An individual cannot win the award twice.
- The completed nomination form must be submitted by April 30 (no exceptions can be made).
The review committee will be considering, service to optometry, service to the visual welfare of the public, and service to the AOA or State Affiliates. Below are examples of how a student would exemplify these areas. The example listing below is not exhaustive.
I. SERVICE TO OPTOMETRY:
● Leadership roles
● Major accomplishments in optometric student career
● Initiating and/or implementing unique plan, program, or action on behalf of optometry
● Outreach to potential students, or assistance to fellow optometry students
II. SERVICE TO THE VISUAL WELFARE OF THE PUBLIC
● Sight-saving groups or charities
● Service efforts in the community
III. SERVICE TO AOA OR STATE AFFILIATES
● Attended a state meeting
● Attended a state sponsored event
● Attended Optometry’s Meeting and met with a state affiliate
● Attended AOA on Capitol Hill (formerly Congressional Advocacy Conference)
● Served in a state volunteer structure
● Recruited other students to become members of a state affiliate