UAB SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY
2014-15 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