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Eleven UABSO students have been awarded travel grants to attend November’s American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting in San Antonio, November 7-10, 2018.

“Having so many students receive these honors is a testament to our students’ commitments to being active in optometry’s professional organizations and their academic performance,” said Dr. Candice Turner, assistant professor. “Ultimately, our goal as educators is to communicate the importance of community involvement so it continues once they enter the workforce.”

The awards and winners are as follows:

AAOF Student Matching Giving Travel Grants

  • Elora Robbani (Opt 3)
  • Samantha Dunnington (Opt 4)
  • Andrea Wilhoite (Opt 4)
  • Kyley Campbell (Opt 3)


AAO Excellence in Primary Care Scholarship by VSP

  • Courtney Sartin (Opt 4)


VSP Practice Excellence Scholarship

  • Conner Robbins (Opt 4)


AAO Student Travel Fellowship

  • Irvin M. Borish STF – Cameron Postnikoff (advisor Dr. Kelly Nichols)
  • Robert D. Newcomb STF – Neil Doppler (Opt 4)


Johnson and Johnson Vision STF

  • Paul Brown, Opt 4 and MS graduate student (advisor Dr. Lawrence Sincich)
  • Deepayan Kar, BOptom, MS, first year PhD graduate student (advisor Dr. Michael Twa)
  • Keyur Savla, BOptom, second year PhD graduate student (advisor Dr. Andrew Pucker)