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Optometry Scholars

Optometry Scholars Program

Are you a current student or applying to the UMSL College of Optometry?  Many students entering the UMSL College of Optometry have expressed an interest in research.  While some of these students may not have had much exposure or opportunity for research others have come with (sometimes significant) exposure in research.  This research experience may have come from undergraduate laboratories, graduate research, and occasionally research in clinical practices students have worked in.   In order to build upon this student interest in research, the College of Optometry initiated the “Optometry Scholars Program”.  

Optometry Scholars research interests are matched with the interests of the faculty in the different areas. In addition, to the “normal expectations” of the professional program,  Scholars have priority for Teaching Assistant assignments, summer support for the first two summers years, travel support to meetings, and special designation at White Coat ceremony and Graduation.  The Program is only three years old and students have combined for 12 abstracts at meetings (including the American Academy of Optometry, Heart of America, and the American Optometric Association), as well as three papers  and one in press in refereed journals.

Past and Present Optometry Scholar Students

         Pauline Bland, OD    (Class of 2015)
         Alex Permann, OD    (Class of 2015)
         Alexandra Gada        (Class of 2019)
         Blair Gerratt               (Class of 2019)
         Molly Gorder             (Class of 2017)
         Kate Hamm               (Class of 2019)
         Jacob Pieper             (Class of 2019)
         Caitlyn Reynolds       (Class of 2018)
         Amy Schaag              (Class of 2017)
         Lindsay Swenson      (Class of 2017)