(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group (ABB), in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces that it is accepting abstracts for the seventh annual Optometry Student Challenge.
The Optometry Student Challenge awards travel grants of $ 1,500 each to three third or fourth year optometry students to attend the 2022 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas January 19-22, 2022 and present a scientific poster a subject of the student’s choice related to contact lenses.
“Even amid the uncertainty of last year’s COVID-19 pandemic, we had an incredible response from optometry students who amazed us with their excellent submissions, and we certainly expect even better participation for this year’s challenge,” said ABB’s Professional Education Consultant Dede Reyes. “We are delighted to once again offer the winners of the challenge the opportunity to travel to the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, present their winning posters and network with their colleagues from the ophthalmology industry. The passion, commitment and dedication to the chosen profession are evident in each student’s submissions, and we look forward to seeing what the 2021 challenge brings. “
In December, ABB and Paragon Vision Sciences are hosting a live webinar in which the six best finalists in the Student Challenge will virtually present their posters. Participants have the opportunity to vote on their favorite poster presentation. The points are included in the overall ranking of the winners. Last year more than 230 participants took part in the webinar and supported the finalists of the challenge with their virtual live poster presentations.
“At ABB, we are so inspired and impressed by every student who has participated in previous Optometry Student Challenge events, and we know that attendees will continue to amaze us for 2021,” said Tom Burke, ABB’s chief executive officer Optical Group. “We look forward to the cooperation and participation of optician schools, business partners from the industry and other supporters in order to make this year’s challenge the best so far.”
Rules for the Optometry Student Challenge Program
- Those interested in the third and fourth year of study must register by August 31, 2021. Enrolled students must then submit an abstract on their proposed poster topic by October 15, 2021.
- Abstracts must focus on study projects or student case histories within the following categories: scleral lenses, corneal deformity, and general contact lenses. A winner and a runner-up will be determined in each of these categories.
- Abstracts are rated in two categories: case study report and research. Six finalists will be selected and notified by October 22, 2021.
- The finalists must then convert their abstracts into scientific posters for further evaluation. The posters must be submitted to the ABB Optical Group in digital PDF format by November 12, 2021 at the latest. The virtual live poster presentation will take place on December 8, 2021.
- The results of this competition will be communicated to the winners and runners-up by December 9, 2021.
- The main authors of the top three posters will receive travel grants of US $ 1,500 each to attend the 2022 symposium and showcase their posters. In addition, three runner-up authors will receive honorary awards of $ 250 each.
“Tomorrow’s optics industry is in the hands of today’s bright, intelligent optometry students,” said David Raimondo, general manager of the Americas for Paragon Vision Sciences. “We are proud to partner with ABB Optical Group again to run the Optometry Student Challenge to nurture and support the next generation of optometrists. We hope that the continuation of the live presentation component will help bring our industry together to encourage these students to continue their passion. “
For more information on the Optometry Student Challenge, including the full competition rules and guidelines, please visit ABBOptical.com/OptometryStudentChallenge.