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Academy 2017 Student & Resident Travel Awards

Posted On: 09/25/2017


2017 American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Optometry Foundation Student Travel Fellowship and Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Student Travel Fellowship Awards and Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. These travel fellowships will allow students and residents to attend Academy 2017 Chicago, October 11-14, 2017. The 2017 recipients follow:

Student Travel Fellowships
American Optometric Student Association Student Travel Fellowships
Carolyn Chakuroff, The Ohio State University
Jennifer Nguyen, State University of New York

Frank W. Weymouth Student Travel Fellowship
Hannah Jean Burfield, University of Houston
Diane N. Sayah, OD, University of Montreal

Irvin M. Borish Student Travel Fellowship
Lacey Haines, OD, FIACLE, University of Waterloo
Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO, University of Houston

Brazelton Low Vision Student Travel Fellowship
Natalie Nicole Stepien-Bernabe, University of California, Berkeley

Edward I. Goodlaw Student Travel Fellowship
Micaela Gobeille, New England College of Optometry

Robert D. Newcomb Student Travel Fellowship Award for Leadership
Lorenzo Anderson, University of Houston

Michael G. Harris Student Travel Fellowship Award for Leadership
Andy Mackner, Pacific University

American Academy of Optometry Student Travel Fellowships
Bright Senyo Ashimatey, OD, Indiana University
Jacqueline Balderas, University of the Incarnate Word
Joanna Cotter, Nova Southeastern University
Tina Gao, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mariko Hirano, OD, University of Waterloo

Funded by an educational grant from Johnson and Johnson Vision
Ayah Ahamed, State University of New York
Sabeen Ali, University of the Incarnate Word
Edmund Arthur, OD, Indiana University
Marielle Blumenthaler, The Ohio State University
Hin Cheung, OD, Indiana University
Kristi Choy, University of California, Berkeley
Colleen Doyle, The Ohio State University
Asiya Jabeen, University of Waterloo
Ashutosh Jnawali, University of Houston
Deepayan Kar, Pacific University
Elise Luthun, University of Montreal
Pooja Mahadev, State University of New York
Abhishek Mandal, Glasgow Caledonian University
Sarah Alyce Miller, New England College of Optometry
Stephen Ocansey, Anglia Ruskin University
Cameron K. Postnikoff, University of Alabama Birmingham
Daisy Yao Shu, BOptom(Hons)/BSci, University of New South Wales
Elaine Marie Steffensen, University of Houston
Ryan-Quang Van, Nova Southeastern University
Rachel Christine Williams, University of Houston
Stephanie Wong, University of Waterloo

Arizona Chapter Student Travel Fellowship
Devany Dougherty, Midwestern University, Arizona

Florida Chapter Student Travel Fellowships
Jessica Doyle, Nova Southeastern University
Brian Roberts, Nova Southeastern University
Amy Vinogradov, Nova Southeastern University

Funded by an educational grant from Essilor
Priscilla Wai Yin Chang, Illinois College of Optometry
Rebecca Chung, Pacific University
Melinda De Jesus, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Brittany Doss, Midwestern University Arizona
Elizabeth Fahy, Southern College of Optometry
Keyla Gammarano, Nova Southeastern University
Rahul Joshi, University of Waterloo
Il Jin Kim, Salus University
Leslie Kinder, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Eun-Young Esther Ko, MCPHS
Sawyer Lambert, University of Houston
Guillaume Landry-Proulx, University of Montreal
Brendon Manns, Ferris State University
Samuel Moon, University of the Incarnate Word
Kevin Rodda, The Ohio State University
Krystal Rogge, Northeastern State University
Johann Schlager, Western University
Brittany Stern, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Ramandeep Toor, New England College of Optometry
Natalie West, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Isabel Wilson, Indiana University
Nolan Wilson, State University of New York
Michelle Zaw, University of California, Berkeley

Allergan Resident Travel Fellowships
Alaina Bandstra, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Ashley Berens, OD, Ferris State University
Anne Bertolet, OD, MS, New England College of Optometry
Mary Botelho, OD, State University of New York
Taylor Bowman, OD, Indiana University
Victoria Chan, OD, Salus University
Taylor Chesnut, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Jordan Davidner, OD, New England
Emily DePew, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Margaret Dixon, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Samantha Gagnon, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Courtney Goode, OD, University of California, Berkeley
Rachel Hasler, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Kirby Johnston, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Nicholas Karbach, OD, Salus University
Samantha Kayser, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Justin Knuckles, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Meagan LeGrand, OD, University of Houston
Alyssa Louie, OD, University of California, Berkeley
Pamela Martin, OD, Northeastern State University
Taylor McGann, OD, The Ohio State University
Michael Merritt, OD, New England College of Optometry
Christian Meyer, OD, Indiana University
Hunter Morgan, OD, State University of New York
Ryan Ngo, OD, State University of New York
Nathania Nhouyvanisvong, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Leah Nolander, OD, University of Houston
Haina Patel, OD, The Ohio State University
Adam Peiffer, OD, The Ohio State University
Jane Pouvaranukoah, OD, University of California, Berkeley
Clinton Prestwich, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
Kirsti Ramirez, OD, University of the Incarnate Word
Rachel Roman, OD, New England College of Optometry
Amy Schaag, OD, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Alexandra Scovill, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Roxanne Senechal, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Laura Thompson, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Desiree Vanderstar, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Meagan Williams, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Jenna Williams, OD, Ferris State University

Beta Sigma Kappa Student Travel Fellowship
Cameron Sefton, New England College of Optometry

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship
Bryan Williams, University of Houston

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship
Elizabeth Galko, The Ohio State University

Johnson and Johnson Vision Student Travel Fellowships
Kamil Hill, Southern College of Optometry
Hannah Mikes, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Tatsiana Palavets, State University of New York
Danica Yang, State University of New York

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship
Kirsten Carter, University of Waterloo

AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants
Indiana University

  1. Lindsey Colliver
  2. Nicole Schmiedt

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  1. Stephanie Gee
  2. Maria Nguyen

Northeastern StateUniversity

  1. Kevin Stieb
  2. Brittany Wolthuizen

The Ohio State University

  1. Rachel Fenton
  2. Elizabeth Lemos

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  1. Jessica Arighi Boyd
  2. Conner Robbins
  3. Emma Wilhite Scott
  4. Jinen (Jay) Shah

University of Pikeville

  1. Nicole Flowers
  2. Jacob Webster

Western University of Health Sciences

  1. Bryan Kimura
  2. Bashir Tarraf

State University of New York

  1. Nicole Poon Christine Weng

Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships: Funded by Cooper Vision
Jamie Blavat, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Laurence Boily, OD, University of Montreal
Ariel Cerenzie, OD, University of Missouri-St. Louis
W. Reid Cluff, OD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Avani Dave, OD, New England College of Optometry
Elizabeth Escobedo, OD, Northeastern State University
Alyssa Perlman-Hensen, OD, New England College of Optometry
Jessica Lam, OD, Southern College of Optometry
Annie Lee, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Jessica Lin, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Katie McClure, OD, The Ohio State University
Patrick McManamon, OD, Salus University
Michael Mendsen, OD, State University of New York
Karen Molina, OD, University of California, Berkeley
Azinda Morrow, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Anisha Patel, OD, Nova Southeastern University
Pratik Patel, OD, The Ohio State University
Stephen Ridder, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Austin Schipper, OD, Michigan College of Optometry
Amanda Thurmes, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Erin Tomiyama, OD, University of Houston
Jessica Tu, OD, Indiana University
Steven Turpin, OD, Pacific University
Andrew Vo, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Kelly Voltz, OD, State University of New York
Carol Yu, OD, Nova Southeastern University

About the American Academy of Optometry
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit http://www.aaopt.org.