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Optometry Student Challenge

ABB Optical and CooperVision Specialty EyeCare announce the 7th Annual Optometry Student Challenge

Third and fourth year optometry students are challenged to compete in the ABB Optical 2021 Optometry Student Challenge. A $1500 travel grant to the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) will be provided to each of the three top authors to attend GSLS and present their winning posters.

OSC Winners 2020

Our 2020 Winners: Suzy Chen, SUNY College of Optometry; Jonathan King, Indiana University School of Optometry; Cade Millikin, Indiana University School of Optometry. Honorable Mentions: Han “Joanne” Qiao, University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science; Julie Song, SUNY College of Optometry; Xiao Jing Xu, SUNY College of Optometry.


  1. Identify your student-based case report or research study project.
    • Topic is restricted to Contact Lenses and may include (but 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.
  2. Notify ABB Optical of interest in participating by August 31, 2021.
  3. Submit an abstract on your project by October 15, 2021.
  • Based on the judge's decision, 6 abstracts will be selected and all finalists will be notified by October 22, 2021.
  • Authors of the top 6 abstracts selected will be asked to convert each of their submissions into the required poster PDF format and must submit their posters by November 12, 2021. The 6 finalists will be presenting their posters live via a virtual meeting on December 8, 2021. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by December 9, 2021.
  • Of the 6 abstracts, the top 3 will be recognized at the 2022 GSLS held January 19-22, 2022 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Travel grants of $1500 will be provided to attend the symposium, and will cover travel and accommodations.
  • Three authors and their work will be recognized as honorable mention and authors will receive $250 each.

Join us for a live webinar on Wednesday, December 8th from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST to vote and show your support for the finalists while they present their posters.

Register Today!

CONDITIONS: Challenge runs from May 28 through November 12, 2021 and is available to Schools and Colleges of Optometry in North America. Participants must register no later than August 31, 2021. Abstracts for Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted until October 15, 2021. Final abstract submissions are electronic only-PDF document. Submitted abstracts for the 2021 3rd or 4th Year Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted only through this website. Printed forms or faxed forms will not be accepted. Abstracts are limited to 4,000 characters total (including spaces, punctuation, etc.). Submissions that exceed this limit will not be accepted by the website, but the submitter will immediately be given the opportunity to modify the submission so that it fits within this size limit. Authors are encouraged to keep abstracts succinct. Primary authors will receive immediate confirmation that their abstract was received via an e-mail confirmation sent to the address listed for the communicating author. The submitting author is responsible for assuring that all co-authors have read the final submitted version of the abstract and confirm that they have consented explicitly to including their names in the list of authors. The 6 finalists must submit their posters by November 12, 2021 and be willing to present their poster via a virtual meeting on December 8, 2021. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by December 9, 2021.

2020 Optometry Student Challenge Winners

2020 Honorable Mention