I attended the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, at the end of October.
I received a travel grant from HOYA, and two of my classmates also received student travel fellowships to attend the meeting. There are so many opportunities to apply for travel grants to all of the different meetings and conventions so everyone should definitely take advantage of them!
The meeting was an amazing experience. My classmates and I completed all of the requirements for Student Fellowship at the meeting, and we are now all Student Fellows!
As a Student Fellow, I received a Student Fellow lapel pin, will receive free student registration to the next AAO Annual Meeting, and will receive waived dues for the Candidacy for Fellowship application during my year of graduation.
Although I had to complete all of the requirements for Student Fellowship, there was still plenty of time to do other things.
I was able to explore Phoenix and the Grand Canyon! There were also many RSO faculty and student presenters, and it was inspiring to view their posters and hear them present their research.
I was definitely proud of all of my fellow optometry students, and I’m looking forward to attending the meeting again next year in Seattle, WA!