The five optometry students (pictured) who won the Optometry Student Challenge presented scientific posters at the 2018 Global Specialty Lens Symposium held in Las Vegas last month. Created to foster the study of contact lenses, the Optometry Student Challenge is sponsored by ABB Optical Group in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences. More than 65 optometry students submitted abstracts focusing on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses for the chance to win a travel stipend of $1,500 to attend the symposium and convert their abstracts into scientific posters. The challenge was open to students in their third and fourth years of study. Abstracts were judged on academic merit by a panel of industry experts.
“We had an incredible response to this year’s Optometry Student Challenge,” said Ann Shackelford, director of consultation and specialty services at ABB. “We received an overwhelming number of exceptional submissions, making it particularly difficult for the judges to select only three winners as planned. Fortunately, we were able to up the number of awards to five, and these five were truly the very best. It is rewarding to witness firsthand the talent and drive of all the students who participated in the challenge, as they truly are the future of our industry.”