Optometry Student Challenge
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Optometry Student Challenge
Pictured from left to right: Arch Holcomb-M.Sc. Specialty Consultant, ABB OPTICAL, Ilya Volk-Western University, Nha Cao-Midwestern University, Julie Ervin-Southern College of Optometry, Andy Jackson-Director, Specialty Contact Lenses
More than 90 optometry students submitted contact lens related abstracts focused on study projects or student-based case histories for the chance to win a travel stipend of $1,500 to attend the symposium and convert their abstracts into scientific posters. The challenge was open to students in their third and fourth years of study. Abstracts were judged on academic merit by a panel of industry experts.
"Every year we have an incredible response from students who amaze us with their outstanding submissions and this year was no different," said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB OPTICAL GROUP. "We believe the Optometry Student Challenge is a great experience, both academically and professionally, for students, helping them to put their best foot forward as they work towards their optical careers."
The lead authors of the top three posters were:
- Nha Cao, a fourth-year student and founder of the contact lens club at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, focused on the effect of freezing temperatures on Senofilcon A soft contact lenses.
- Julie Ervin of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, a fourth-year student and member of the American Optometric Student Association, covered treatment of keratoconjuctivitis sicca secondary to sicca syndrome with scleral lenses.
- Ilya Volk of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, a fourth-year student and member of the contact lens club at Western University of Health Sciences, presented on the benefit of a scleral lens in the treatment of a post-corneal transplant epithelial defect.
"Supporting students in their academic journey is essential to their success" said Paragon Vision Sciences President Rich Jeffries. "Programs like the Optometry Student Challenge help foster well-versed students and we are proud to join ABB in supporting the next generation of optometrists."
Honorable mentions were given to Candice Moore and Ashley Noble, both students at Nova Southeastern University, and Stephanie Tran, a student at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.
OPTOMETRY STUDENT CHALLENGE DETAILS:
- 3rd & 4th year Optometry Students are challenged to submit an abstract on a student based case history or study project regarding contact lenses. Topic is restricted to Contact Lenses and may include (but not limited to) contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions and ortho-k welcome.
- Participants must register no later than August 6, 2018.
- All abstracts must be submitted no later than October 15, 2018.
- Competition will be judged in 2 categories: Case Study (Report) and Research.
- Based on the judge's decision, 5 abstracts will be selected and all finalists will be notified of results by October 31, 2018.
- Authors of the top 5 abstracts selected will be asked to convert each of their submissions into the required poster; PDF format.
- Of the 5 abstracts, the top 3 will be recognized at the 2019 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) held January 24-27, 2019 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
- A travel grant to GSLS of $1500 will be provided for each of top 3 authors to attend the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) to cover travel and accommodations. Registration to the conference will also be supplied.
- 2 authors and their work will be recognized as honorable mention and authors will receive $250 each.
CONDITIONS: Challenge runs from July 1st through through October 15, 2018 and is available to Schools and Colleges of Optometry in North America. Participants must register no later than August 6, 2018. Abstracts for Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted until October 15, 2018. Final abstract submissions are electronic only-PDF document. Submitted abstracts for the 2018 3rd or 4th Year Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted only through this website. Printed forms or faxed forms will not be accepted. Abstracts are limited to 4,000 characters total (including spaces, punctuation, etc). Submissions that exceed this limit will not be accepted by the website, but the submitter will immediately be given the opportunity to modify the submission so that it fits within this size limit. Authors are encouraged to keep abstracts succinct. Primary authors will receive immediate confirmation that their abstract was received via an e-mail confirmation sent to the address listed for the communicating author. The submitting author is responsible for assuring that all co-authors have read the final submitted version of the abstract and confirm that they have consented explicitly to including their names in the list of authors. The 5 finalists must submit their posters by November 21, 2018. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runner-ups by December 1, 2018.