Optometry students have an active student life that complements their commitment to academic and clinical excellence. Most of these activities are channeled through accredited student organizations such as:
Student councils, as provided by the General Student Regulations, may be organized at all the instructional units of the University. Their officers are elected from the student bodies according to the established procedures. These procedures provide for direct participation of the largest number of students possible from all the units.
The Student Council is given funds for organizing activities promoting student life and academic endeavors of the unit. Students on disciplinary probation are area not eligible to hold posts in student organizations.
Officially represents the student body. The president of the council is a member of the Dean's Executive Committee. The council sponsors many social, sports, cultural and religious events throughout the year. The Annual Student Convention is the key activity of the year. Student concerns are canalized through the Student Councils. The Councils meets regularly with University authorities and receive relevant information about University development.
Academic Senate Representative
The University advocates student participation at all levels and in various forms. A total of 39 students with voice and vote participate in the Academic Senates of the individual Campuses. Three students, two undergraduate and one graduate, participate in the University Council. All of these students are elected by the students bodies of their respective instructional units. The procedures for the election of these students provide for direct participation of the greatest number of students possible from all the units.
American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
Local chapter of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). All students are members through payment of their activity fees. AOSA sponsors lectures, ophthalmic shows, exam reviews, and social events during the academic year. Their main event is the Annual International Optometric Student Convention.
To learn more about AOSA, click here.
Beta Sigma Kappa
The Student Optometric Honor Society. Members are selected based on their scholastic and clinical achievement. Members serve as counselors and tutors to other optometry students.
To learn more about Beta Sigma Kappa, click here.
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
The CAO is the professional association that represents Doctors of Optometry in Canada, as well as the national federation of ten provincial associations of optometrists. The Association represents over 3,200 members across Canada.
To learn more about the Canadian Association of Optometrists, visit their Web site www.opto.ca
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. Established in 1971, COVD provides board certification for eye doctors and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in:
- Behavioral and developmental vision care
- Vision therapy
- Visual rehabilitation
These specialized vision care services develop and enhance visual abilities and correct many vision problems in infants, children, and adults. COVD is a formed by optometrists and it has representation in the United States, Canada and other countries.
To learn more about the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, visit their website at: http://www.covd.org/
National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) is the student extension of the National Optometric Association (NOA). Our multicultural service organization is dedicated to providing the delivery of effective and adequate eyecare to the underserved communities.
For more information about the Orientation Committee, click here.
Our goal is to help students prepare for their new life and make it a smooth transitional process. We work each week by giving tours and answering questions for the new students as well as calling alumni and keeping their records up-to-date. We work individually with incoming first year students throughout the summer and guide them. Being on the committee is a rewarding and gratifying experience and each member shows great dedication and commitment to the OC and those we serve. Community service is our number one objective and helping the community function together as a whole is our priority.
Voluntary Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH)
A volunteer group of students, faculty members, and practitioners offering primary eye care services to the disenfranchised populations in Puerto Rico and Latin America. They receive donations of eyeglasses which they distribute to the patients they serve.
To learn more about VOSH, click here.
American Academy of Optometry
Founded in 1922, the American Academy of Optometry is committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning.The optometry field is constantly changing. To provide the highest quality continuing education and the most current vision science research, the Academy's annual meeting includes nearly 300 hours of Lectures & Workshops, symposia, and scientific lecture and poster presentations over 4 days. And, besides all that, the Academy is FUN! The letters "FAAO" (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist, scientist or other qualified person’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for Fellowship have been met.Academy membership consists of Fellows (including Emeritus, Honorary and Life Fellows), student members, and candidates for Fellowship. Although members may have similar benefits, only Fellows may use the "FAAO" designation.Currently 86% of Academy Fellows provide clinical care (see patients on a continuing basis). 47% are in private practice. 14% are involved in the education of optometric students. 11% practice optometry through the federal service (military, Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Services, Public Health Service, etc.). All members of the Academy, whether or not they see patients, are dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education or research.
To learn more, visit http://www.aaopt.org/.