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Fourth Year Student Awards

Ben Szu.

Photo: Benjamin Szu, Gold Retinoscope Winner

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.

Each year we present awards to our most outstanding graduates. We also recognize students that graduate with honors in research. Here are this year’s awardees.

Fourth Year Awards

Jup K. Grewal
Optelec Excellence in Low Vision Award

Tiffany Nguyen La
Valley Contax Award

Kristi Michele Lew
Johnson & Johnson Award of Excellence in
Contact Lens Patient Care
(American Optometric Foundation)

Rebekah Pei Jai Lin
Eschenbach Low Vision Award
(Eschenbach Optik)

Ciara Ashling McCaffrey
Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal

Ciara Ashling McCaffrey
Drs. Robert L. Gordon & Andrea C. Silvers Award

Steven T. Perry
Bernhardt N. Thal, OD VSP Scholarship

Angel Barajas Rivera
Bernell Binocular Vision Award

Benjamin J. Szu
Gold Retinoscope Award

Benjamin J. Szu
The Robert B. Greer
Excellence in Low Vision Award

Kenneth D. Tran
HOYA Leadership Award

Ece Turhal
Walmart Project Foresight

Ece Turhal
Alcon Case Study Award

Ece Turhal
COVD Binocular Vision Award

Ece Turhal
Marvin R. Poston, OD VSP
Excellence in Primary Care Scholarship Award

Lily Wang
The William Feinbloom Low Vision Award

Sarah Anne Whiteside
GP Contact Lens Clinical Excellence Award

Graduation with Honors in Research

Molly Duong
Virtual reality game play as treatment for stereo anomalous adults
Mentor: Dennis Levi, OD, PhD

Elysia Ison
Off-axis refractive changes associated with normal and induced ocular growth in chick model
Mentors: Sowmya Ravikumar, PhD and Christine Wildsoet, OD, PhD

Kenneth D. Tran
Improving adult amblyopic vision with stereoscopic 3D video games
Mentors: Roger Li, OD, PhD, and Dennis Levi, OD, PhD