UABSO Selected Achievements

  • UABSO was the only optometry school with a winner in the February 2013 National Eye Institute Audacious Goals challenge, with only 10 winners chosen from almost 500 entries worldwide
  • External research funding FY2013 compared to other schools of optometry:
    • #1 in annual funding = $14.0M
    • #3 in total project funding = $25.1M
    • #4 in NEI/NIH funding = $2.9M
  • First school to be conceived from its inception to be part of an academic medical center
  • #2 compared to all other schools with average GPA of 3.6 for 2014 entering class. 
  • 6.61 applicants per seat in 2014
  • Alumni achievements include:
    • 3 have served as Dean of a school of optometry
    • At least 22 have been chosen as president of a state professional association other than Alabama
    • 28 have served as President of the Alabama Optometric Association
    • 1 astronaut who flew on space shuttle Columbia in 1992
    • 1 President of the American Academy of Optometry
    • 1 President of the American Optometric Association
    • 2 Presidents of the Southern Council of Optometrists
    • 1 Army General
Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
The Helen Keller Art show honoring students for their artistic abilities and creative works. All students are identified as having some type of visual impairments.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


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