To be eligible for this category, you must be enrolled as an optometry student at one of the official 23 schools of optometry in the United States and Canada.
Optometry Students benefit from many programs available at International Vision Expo:
International Vision Expo awarded one student from each of the 23 official AOSA schools of optometry a $500 travel grant to attend either Vision Expo East 2015 in New York or Vision Expo West 2015 in Las Vegas.
Applicants submitted a 500 word essay describing how they can benefit from attending trade shows as an optometry student. Congratulations to our winners for Vision Expo West!
Matthew Armentrout – SCO
Jeff Foster – UIWRSO
Lauren Hendrickson – NSUOK
Jesus Martinez – ICO
James Schweiger – AZCOPT
Ellery Vassallo – MCO
Please note: International Vision Expo West is scheduled for September 17 - 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.
The winners for Vision Expo West are required to attend the student events on Saturday, September 19th. This includes the two-part Choose Your Own Adventure Course and the Optometry Student Lunch.
The Vision Council will Award a $1,000 scholarship to one OD candidate at each school of optometry with an active NOSA Chapter. The scholarship will be renewable for one additional year if the recipient is still an active OD candidate meeting the stated criteria or has successfully graduated. Applicants are also automatically entered to win one of twenty-three $500 travel grants to International Vision Expo.
Applicants must be a member of their NOSA chapter.
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Students may sit in on any class at International Vision Expo as long as the course is not sold out. Arrive at the course you wish to attend prior to the course’s start time. If the course is not sold out you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.
This year’s optometry and optician student education program will let you control what you learn. Your learning experience will be based on knowledge gained while participating in the Vision Expo Education Program. You’ll be able to select and register for any ONE course (1 or 2 hours in length) and complete a brief activity related to that session, including connecting what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.
At 3:00pm on Saturday, you will attend the Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II course. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.
Check out the “How to Register” section below to guide you through the registration process.
Thursday, September 17
|9:00pm – 12:00am
||Opening Night Party
Location: Hard Rock Café
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock”. You will need to pick up a wristband from one of the exhibiting sponsors’ booths by 6:00pm Thursday.
Gold: Vision Source, Costa, MacuHealth
Silver: REM Eyewear, Marco
Bronze: Essilor, Ocuco
Supported by: Think About Your Eyes
Friday, September 18
|6:00pm – 8:00pm
||ODs on Facebook Party
Vision Expo has teamed with Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, to host an event open to all ophthalmic professionals currently in the social network or looking to begin. Here’s your chance to grab a drink and make that in-person connection. Follow Vision Expo at www.facebook.com/visionexpo and join the ODs on Facebook group at http://on.fb.me/ODsonFacebook.
|9:00pm – 1:00am
Location: Paris Hotel
Club Marchon is the BIGGEST party in Las Vegas. Over 7,000 Vision Expo attendees come to party using the entire outdoor property at the Paris Hotel. Walk to paths to see multiple live acts, Vegas performers and bar destinations. You may get a pass to Club Marchon by visiting their booth anytime on Friday.
Saturday, September 19
|Anytime before 11:45am
||Choose Your Own Adventure: Part I (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Register for ONE course in the Vision Expo Education program (during your registration process). You can choose a course anytime on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or on Saturday morning that ends before 11:45am. After the session, you’ll connect what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.
|12:00pm – 1:00pm
||Optometry and Optician Student Lunch
Location: Sands Convention Center
ARE YOU DREAMING? - How to make the practice of your dreams a reality - FAST
Dave Kading, OD, FAAO
Join us for this lunch and exciting program with optometry and optician students from across the country and Canada.
|3:00pm – 4:00pm
||Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Location: Room TBD, Sands Convention Center
Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.
|6:30pm – 8:30pm
||Optometry and Optician Student Party
Location: The Rock House (In the Venetian)
Students are invited to a fun Las Vegas bar to mix and mingle with peers before heading out on the town.
||Vegas Club Crawl
Students and Young Professionals Club members are invited to the Vegas Rockstar VIP Club Crawl. The night includes a premiere Ultra Lounge, a luxurious Limo Party Bus (with an open bar) and three of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas. Reserve your spot for $20 and International Vision Expo will cover the rest (normal cost is $99).
Here’s a program to give you spending money while in Las Vegas. Every optometry and optician student will receive a passport in their student packet when they get their attendee badge at the Student Registration Desk. For each event or sponsors’ booth you attend that’s listed on the passport, you will be entered for the chance to win one of several $100 gift cards.
Enjoy your time at International Vision Expo West in one of the premier hotels Las Vegas has to offer! International Vision Expo has worked with a number of hotels to provide you reduced rates. Book your hotel or find other travel discounts. The hotel reservation deadline is August 24, 2015. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.
For other discounts on dining and entertainment, make sure to use Show Specials. Check back weekly as more deals get added.
To register as an Optometry Student for Vision Expo West:
- Click on the Registration button at the top right corner of the page
- Fill in your information and when you get to the Demographic Information page, choose “STUDENT”. On the next page, choose “STUDENT-OPTOMETRY”.
- Continue filling in the fields and make sure to register for the events that you want to attend.
Note: Information about the courses and events are on this page.
- Once you have completed the RSPV page, continue to “Education” to register for your ONE course.
- Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email.
*Registering as a student will require you show your Student ID to pick up your badge at the Sands Convention Center.
If you have any issues, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.
The AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public.
The AOSA represents more than 6,200 students attending the 23 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Each school has a unique AOSA chapter which works hard to raise thousands of dollars for community outreach and dedicates hundreds of hours in community service. Each school is represented on the AOSA Board by a Trustee and Trustee-Elect. These individuals have a deep passion for optometry and work to keep students informed about issues important to aspiring optometric physicians. These individuals act as a channel of communication between the schools and the AOSA.
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting, advancing and achieving excellence in optometric education. Since 1941, ASCO has achieved this vision by representing the interests of institutions of optometric education, enhancing the efforts of these institutions as they prepare highly qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry and serving the public’s eye and vision needs.
ASCO proudly represents all accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the fifty states and Puerto Rico. Our organization’s affiliate members include the Canadian schools of optometry, other foreign schools, allied organizations, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Once again, VEE did NOT disappoint. Whether it was the interesting CE courses, the vast amount of exhibits, the fun students’ parties, or just New York City in general, I was always so grateful for attending and was so sad to leave. There are countless opportunities to meet with other students and ODs and to reunite with colleagues and make you forgo sleep to make sure. Hunter Chapman, Southern College of Optometry, Class of 2016
No sooner did we traverse the gates to Vision Expo West, than we entered a world of designer frames and high-tech equipment that we had heretofore only glimpsed in magazines. Laura Goldberg, NECO, Class of 2016