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The Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society is highest honor for leadership a student of optometry can achieve. Gold Key inductees receive a Certificate of Membership, Gold Key lapel pin, and don a golden stole at graduation. Induction into the Gold Key Society is to recognize optometry students who have demonstrated leadership to their class, college, and profession. UCBSO is the 15th chapter of Gold Key amongst the 25 optometry schools.

Eligibility for each cohort occurs once students enter their second semester of their third year in optometry school. Once all applications are received, selection of the third year class’s cohort is voted on by the fourth year Gold Key Society board members. Membership is limited to a maximum of 10% of any given class.

Continuing to cultivate leadership skills and serve the immediate optometric community the UCBSO Gold Key chapter presents:

  • The Get L.I.T. Program
    • Our chapter’s unique intra-school mentorship “leadership in training” program, open to first and second year optometry students looking to grow their leadership skills.
  • OPTOx events are held once per semester
    • TEDx style ideas worth spreading, hosted by Gold Key, are open to Berkeley Optometry faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Foresight.

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