Dec 03, 2023
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]
Awards: College of Optometry
At the end of each semester, the dean’s office publishes a list of those students in each class whose cumulative grade point average and last semester grade point average are each 3.50 or above.
Students who earn a grade point average of between 3.75 and 4.00 for all college work attempted are eligible to graduate summa cum laude. Those who earn a cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74 are eligible to graduate magna cum laude.
Each year the college awards honors based on excellence in various aspects of academic performance or patient care. Awards currently presented include the following:
- Alcon Laboratories Excellence Award
- American Foundation for Vision Awareness
- American Optometric Association Student Leadership Award
- Bausch and Lomb Practice Initiation Award
- Drs. Ian Berger and Larry Spitzberg Service Award
- Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal Award
- CIBA Vision Contact Lens Achievement Award
- Clinical Excellence Specialty Awards in Low Vision, Optics, Pediatric Optometry, and Cornea and Contact Lenses
- Corning Low Vision Award
- COVD Award for Excellence
- Designs for Vision Award
- Essilor Digital Corneal Pupilometer Award
- William Feinbloom Award
- Dr. Seymour Galina Grant
- Gold Key International Membership
- Dr. Deborah Adler Grinberg Award
- Kansas Optometric Association Award
- Marchon Eyeware Practice Management Award
- Excellence in Neuro-Ophthalmology Service Award Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence
- Office of Student Affairs Volunteer Service Award
- Outstanding Clinical Grand Rounds and New Developments Case Report
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
- RGP Lens Institute Clinical Excellence Award
- Spalding Low Vision Award
- Sunsoft Annual Contact Lens Achievement Award
- Varilux Student Grant Award
- Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care
- Wessley Jessen Contact Lens Achievement Award
- Dr. William E. White/Class of 1969 Exemplary Clinician Award
- Dr. Robert Zipper Memorial Leadership Award
The American Optometric Foundation presents the following awards to eligible students:
- J. Harold Bailey Award - A silver medal is presented to each of two graduating students who have submitted exceptional papers on administrative science. The two recipients are selected on a competitive basis from all optometry colleges.
- Irvin M. Borish Award - This silver medal is presented to each of two graduating students who have submitted exceptional papers in the field of clinical optometric science. Competition for the award is open to all optometry colleges.
- Frederick W. Brock Memorial Award - A silver medal is presented to each of two graduating students who have submitted exceptional papers in the field of vision training. This award is open to all optometry colleges.
The local chapter of Beta Sigma Kappa, the national optometric honor society, offers membership to students who maintained a 3.50 grade point average or better during the first year.
Phi Kappa Phi is a national university honor society that offers membership to students meeting its academic and personal standards.