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Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry 2014 Educational Starter Grants
Deadline: May 23rd, 2014
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the offering of the 2014 Educational Starter Grants dedicated to supporting educational research. Funding from The Vision Care Institute, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. will support the starter grants.
■ The amount and number of awards will vary depending on the individual projects. Budget requests up to $3,000 will be considered. Grants cannot cover indirect institutional costs, salaries for the principal investigator or others administering the grant, administrative expenses or travel expenses.
■ Funds will be used to develop research methods, including reflection and analysis, focus groups, surveys, analysis of existing data, and observational research case studies. The educational research starter grants will serve to introduce and support the concepts of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Although, all types of educational research projects will be considered, priority will be given to those who embrace the concepts of SoTL.
The concept of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning applies to all disciplines and levels of academia. The scholarship of teaching and learning embraces teaching as a worthy subject for research with the goal of producing a public body of knowledge that is reviewed developed and tested for the purpose of increasing effective teaching and student learning. The scholarship of teaching and learning is illustrated by:
■ The use of teaching (didactic, clinical, laboratory etc.) as a subject for the research.
■ Asking questions about student learning and the teaching activities designed to promote student learning in an effort, at least in part, to improve one’s own teaching practice.
■ Answering those questions by systematically analyzing evidence of student learning.
■ Sharing the results of that analysis publicly in order to invite review and to contribute to the body of knowledge on student learning in a variety of contexts.
For more information on SoTL: http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/sotl/
Implementation: Faculty from all the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to submit an educational research proposal related to education, teaching or learning.
Proposals will be reviewed by a review committee. The committee’s charge in addition to awarding the grants is to give feedback to all applicants and to insure high quality educational research.
For more information contact:
Aurora Denial O.D.
Editor, Optometric Education
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Practice Management Education Awards
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the offering of the 2014 Practice Management Education Awards dedicated to supporting practice management education.
The goal of this award program is to develop and implement activities/programs that are designed to supplement the practice management educational experience for optometry students. Awards can be utilized in order to fund seminars, outside speakers, and mentoring/guidance programs for graduating optometry students. The limit for funding is $2,000 per award.
The ASCO Academic Affairs Committee will review applications based on the following criteria:
■ The activity/program will enhance student education and will promote the success of the student as a future practitioner
■ The activity/program has a sound conceptual framework that can be identified as strengthening the institution’s commitment to practice management
■ The activity/program shows innovation
■ The activity/program is transferable, and can be of benefit to other institutions
Submit a completed application by e-mail to Carol Brubaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline: June 2, 2014
1. ACTIVITY/PROGRAM SUMMARY AND NARRATIVE
In a cover letter, include the institution’s name, program title (if one exists) and coordinator(s) with contact information. Also provide a brief description of the proposed program goals and objectives along with your target audience and a description of how this program will assist in the practice management education of optometry students.
1. The title and purpose of the program, describing specifically the objectives and goals
2. Proposed start date and time frame
3. List experts, if any, his/her name, title, and organizational affiliation
2. PROPOSED BUDGET (see below for restrictions)
Please provide a budget with justification for each item listed.
Budget Restrictions: The use of the award is limited to expenses related to:
■ Educational expenses of the program
■ Expert(s) honorarium, travel and accommodations
■ Audiovisual support and handout production
■ Ordinary business expenses, including the planning or general overhead for the program, food, the rental space, travel, and lodging
3. SUMMARY REPORT (completed within 30 days of the program’s completion)
Submit a brief report summarizing the program, which can then be published in the ASCO Newsletter for others to reference.
For more information:
Manager, Professional Affairs
VSP/American Optometric Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship Program
VSP Global has partnered with the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) to provide scholarships to optometry students at every school and college of optometry in the U.S. The scholarships will be funded through the VSP Global companies Eyes of Hope Global Charitable Fund and administered by the AOF.
Over the last 10 years, VSP has provided more than $1 million dollars in scholarship support to hundreds of optometry students. Joining forces with the AOF, scholarships will continue to be awarded to 40 students for a total of $160,000 annually, now including a travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). The travel grant will enable these outstanding students to attend a premier education opportunity in primary eye care, as well as attend a reception co-hosted by VSP Global and AOF to help foster networking opportunities and teach the importance of Academy Fellowship.
Award and Eligibility
VSP, through the American Optometric Foundation (AOF), will make two awards of $4,000 each to two students entering their fourth year (graduating class of 2015) at each of the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry. Each award carries $3,250 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the AAO.
The dates of Academy 2014 Denver are November 12 – 15, 2014.
Deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.
(The deadline has been moved up so award winners can make arrangements to attend Academy 2014 Denver using their travel grants).
The AOF will not accept applications directly from students for this program. AOF will notify institutional contacts that the submission window is open. Typically 2-3 months prior to the deadline.
A scholarship committee at each institution will select a pool of 5 business minded students who meet the clinical and academic standards then choose two award winners.
Each institution's two nominations will include the award winner's name (as it should appear in print), current and permenent address, email and list, (if honored previously), the named institution memorial award*. This should be emailed to AOF@aaoptom.org and include the words VSP(+Institution Name) in the subject line of the email.
Clinical Performance: Candidates must excel in delivering primary eye care services to clinical patients.
Academic Performance: Candidates must have a grade point average that ranks in the top half of the class.
1. The students commitment to enter the independent practice of Optometry.
2. Participation in the private practice or practice management club on campus with special consideration given to students who have served a leadership role.
3. At the discretion of the selection committee, the process may include a written essay that encompasses the independent practice goals of the candidate.
The VSP/AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship Program will be based on the above performance criteria only. Recipients shall not be restricted from receiving this award as a result of receiving other awards, scholarships or grants-in-aid.
VSP and the AOF follow the independent practice career choices of the scholarship winners to determine the value of this substantial investment. It is therefore stronly encouraged that each school carefully follow the criteria and consider their selections to ensure this program continues in future years.
Recognition of Awardees
Scholarship checks in the amount of $3,250 will be mailed 2 weeks post deadline.
Checks will be made payable to the institution that the award winner is attending.
A travel grant check of $750 and an engraved plaque will be presented to each student at an awards reception to take place at Academy 2014 Denver.
Schools are encouraged to also recognize students at award ceremonies held at your individual school.
*VSP scholarships at some schools are named memorial awards. Those honors will continue to be attached to the scholarships.
Institution must have on file at the AOF office a current W-9 form
Students who have academic conflicts and cannot attend the Academy 2014 Denver may apply their travel grant to Academy 2015 New Orleans.
Note: All submissions receive a confirming email within 1-3 business days of receipt. You will receive an additional message only if your institution's nominations are not received by deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation contact Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at: TracyK@aaoptom.org or call our office: 321-710-3936.
All award recipients by acceptance of the award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, optometric media publications, website, social media, and annual meeting promotional materials.
ABOUT VSP EYES OF HOPE
Eyes of Hope® is a global charity platform supporting activities that directly impact communities to give the gift of sight. United with one mission, multiple programs within the Eyes of Hope platform take on challenges involving access to eyecare around the globe.
For further information contact:
American Optometric Foundation
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803, USA