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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.

The 2020 annual grant process opens September 1st and closes October 5th. The amount to be awarded in 2020 is anticipated to be $2,000.


Application Instructions


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 Vision Development and Rehabilitation (VDR) 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

Submissions should consist of 6 pages or less, preferably in PDF format and contain the following:  

A. Cover page

  • Project title
  • Institution and address,
  • Name, degree(s), title, and contact information for faculty member

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
  • 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 with "BSK [your last name]" in the subject.


Submissions will receive a confirmation receipt by e-mail from COVD within 3 business days of receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation, email or call the International Office at (330) 995-0718 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 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.

Previous Recipients

2019 Grant Recipient

Maureen D. Plaumann, OD, FAAO
Clinical Instructor and Ph.D. Student
The Ohio State University

Quantifying Suppression in Adults with Strabismus and Amblyopia


2018 - No Grant Awarded


2017 Grant Recipient

Catherine L. Heyman, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, 
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Accommodative Response in Children with Visual Impairment as Compared to Age Matched Children with Normal Vision



James Kundart, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Associate Professor of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry
Nawaf Almutairi, OD
Faculty, Optometry Department, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

Comparison of EnChroma and ChromaPop Filters for the Correction of Color Vision Deficiency



Jameel Kanji, OD, MSc

 Assessment of Concussion-Related Visual Dysfunction in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients



Tamara Oechslin, OD, MS

Imaging of Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Effects (I-CITE)