In 2013, Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) entered into partnership with COVD by providing an initial donation of $50,000 to endow research in vision development.
The Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) – COVD Research Grant program administered by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) supports optometric and vision science faculty research and optometric resident research. The fund will provide support for optometric faculty research and/or optometric resident research in binocular vision and/or visual performance issues. Annual grant will consist up to $2,000.
Award and Eligibility
All optometric related faculty and optometry residents at an accredited school or college of optometry, irrespective of membership in BSK or COVD, are eligible to apply for a BSK-COVD Research Grant.
Both BSK and COVD are 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations; our policy is not to cover any indirect costs associated with research grants for any other of our programs. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients.
Recipients must submit a final report of their research findings no later than one year post award or the applicant and/or institution become ineligible for funding the subsequent year. The preferred submission is an article in a form suitable for publication.
Recipients are encouraged to present at the annual meeting of COVD and to submit a manuscript to an optometric journal for publication. Any manuscript or publication material produced must acknowledge Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Submission and Review Procedures - 2016 Application period has ended
Submissions should consist of 6 pages or less, preferably in PDF format and contain the following:
a. Cover page with project title, institution and address, name (including degree(s)), and title for faculty member with contact information.
b. Research plan
• Statement of problem
• Experimental design
• Institution and other resources available
• Relevance of problem to clinical optometry, vision science, or eye related public health
• Plans for publication
• Time table
c. Budget explanation
• State amount of grant request
• Describe/Itemize costs
• Justification for equipment, supplies and other expenses
Note: Nominal research subject payments are allowable.
d. Helsinki declaration (required only if human subjects involved)
e. Letter of endorsement by faculty adviser, Dean or President/Director of the school/college that also indicates the proposal was reviewed and meets with the standards of the institution.
Submissions and supporting materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the words BSK + last name of applicant in the subject line of the email.
Submissions will receive a confirmation receipt by e-mail from COVD within 3 business days of receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact email or call (330.995.0718) the International Office to ensure the application is on file.
Submissions will be reviewed by the BSK Board of Regents and the BSK Central World Council, both in collaboration with the COVD.
Recognition of Awardees
The award recipient(s) and an institution representative will be invited to attend the COVD Annual Meeting where, at the COVD Awards Luncheon, the recipient(s) will be recognized.
All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the COVD and the program sponsor, Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society, to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the COVD and/or sponsor annual report, website, social media, newsletters, and annual meeting promotional materials.
For additional information about this award, contact the International Office.
2016 James Kundart, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
2015 Jameel Kanji, OD, MSc
Associate Professor of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry
Comparison of EnChroma and ChromaPop Filters for the Correction of Color Vision Deficiency
Assessment of Concussion-Related Visual Dysfunction in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients
2014 Tamara Oechslin, OD, MS
Imaging of Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Effects (I-CITE)