The mission of the Vision Science Graduate Program is to maintain excellence in research and graduate training by providing an environment that fosters excitement about modern biomedical research in Vision Science. This mission contributes to the University by providing excellent mentors who have developed world-class research programs for graduate students to study significant problems in vision science using cutting-edge technologies. The principal goal of the program is to train graduate students to become successful and productive members of the scientific community, with expertise in research and teaching.

The Vision Science Graduate Program provides an outstanding environment for graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows by fostering a rigorous atmosphere that contributes to the research and teaching mission of the school. The existence of a successful graduate program helps the school to sustain its national and international recognition through student publications in top-ranked scientific journals, student presentations at international meetings, and alumni recognition after the student’s transition to postdoctoral fellow positions and subsequent careers as independent scientists.