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OD Student Competition Offers Chance to Win $1,500 Travel Grant to 2024 Global Specialty Lens Symposium

May 31, 2023

ABB Optical Group announced the company’s 9th Annual Optometry Student Challenge is now open for registration. Third- and fourth-year optometry students are invited to submit an abstract on a student-based case report or research study project for a chance to win a $1,500 travel grant to attend the 2024 Global Specialty Lens Symposium.

ABB will hold a live webinar in November in which the top six student challenge finalists will present their posters. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite poster presentation and scores will be incorporated in the overall judging of the winners. Last year, more than 300 attendees participated in the webinar and supported challenge finalists during their live virtual poster presentations.

“The Optometry Student Challenge provides an exciting platform for optometry students to showcase their knowledge and skillset. We love seeing their passion for eyecare and creativity come alive during the challenge,” said Dede Reyes, Manager of Consultation & Education, Specialty Contact Lens.

Tom Burke, ABB Chief Executive Officer added, “Being able to provide a means for future optometry professionals to network with thought leaders in the industry is such an important steppingstone for their careers. We always walk away from this event feeling energized and hopeful for the future of optometry.”

To get started, optometry students can visit and must register by August 31, 2023. Topics are restricted to contact lenses and may include (but are not limited to) contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, custom soft lenses, Ortho-K instrumentation for measurement of the ocular surface and sports/performance vision.

Project abstracts must be submitted by October 13, 2023. Based on the judge’s decision, six abstracts will be selected, and all finalists will be notified by October 23, 2023. The six finalists will be presenting their posters live via a virtual meeting on November 29, 2023. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by December 1, 2023.

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