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2024 Fourth Year Awards

Fourth year awardees.
Students at the fourth year awards ceremony.
Students and faculty at the fourth year awards ceremony.
Fourth year awards reception.
Congratulations to our 2024 awardees!

On Tuesday, May 14th, we held our annual Fourth Year Awards Ceremony, honoring the most outstanding students of the graduating Doctor of Optometry (OD) class. Two awards were also presented to faculty: Dr. Debora Lee Chen was awarded the Dr. Michael G. Harris Family Classroom Teaching Award and Dr. Glen Ozawa was awarded the Dr. Roy Brandreth Teaching Award. Congratulations to our exceptional awardees and to the Class of 2024!

Gold Retinoscope Award

BaoChau T. Vu

About the Award

Established in 1961 by the Optometry Alumni Association, this award consists of a plaque that symbolizes excellence in optometric science. It is awarded annually to the outstanding member of the graduating class, elected by the faculty and classmates on the basis of academic achievement, clinical excellence, leadership and professional promise.

Graduation with Honors in Research

Mihret Girum

Title: Can Illusory Tilt Induce Optostatic Torsion?
Mentor: Jorge Otero-Millan, PhD

Estie Sherbak

Title: Assessing adaptation to monocular minification in wearable optics.
Mentors: Emily Cooper, PhD and Iona McLean

Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal Award

Michelle Hoang

Fourth Year Awards

Bernell Binocular Vision Award
Amber Lee Candelaria

College of Optometrists in Vision Development Binocular Vision Award
Michelle Hoang

Dr. Justin Kwan Scholarship
Jun Wing Chen

Dr. Robert Greer Excellence in Low Vision Award
Vanessa Davina Morales

Dr. Roy Brandreth Scholarship Fund
Jun Wing Chen

Eschenbach Low Vision Award
Zhilin Huang

Good-Lite Pediatric Award
Michelle Hoang

Good-Lite Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Award
Vivian Nguyen

GP Contact Lens Clinical Excellence Award
Eloisa Anguiano Morfin


HOYA Student Leadership Award
Jun Wing Chen

Home Therapy Systems Award
Mihret Girum

Johnson & Johnson Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care
Vivian Pham

Optelec Excellence in Low Vision Award
Isabel Kazour

VSP Vision and American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship: Bernhardt N. Thal, OD
Ahmad Waheed Ahmadzada

VSP Vision and American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship: Marvin R. Poston, OD
Eloisa Anguiano Morfin

William Feinbloom Low Vision Award
Jun Wing Chen

William Harrison Memorial Fund Award
Amber Lee Candelaria

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