Summer Programs for Pre-Optometry Students

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs. We encourage you to share this email among your preoptometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2015.

Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual’s participation between or among any of the programs described below:

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 13-17, 2015

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists. Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.ico.edu/admissions/events-for-prospective-students/focus-on-your-future/

Program Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson

The Ohio State University, I-DOC

June 15-17, 2015

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry. Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care. Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program. Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included. Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.

For more information, please visit:

http://optometry.osu.edu/IDOC

Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.2647, griest.6

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school. The objective of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist. There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit:

http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp

Program Contact: Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata

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