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May, 2018


NECO Welcomes Students to 2018 T35 Summer Research Program

New England College of Optometry, NECO, welcomed 8 students into the Summer Research Training Program for 2018. The program is funded by a research training grant (T35) from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It is open to students at NECO finishing their first year, as well as students from other schools and colleges of optometry around the…


New England College of Optometry Celebrates 124th Commencement

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, New England College of Optometry (NECO) celebrated its 124th commencement ceremony at historic Boston Symphony Hall. The College conferred 126 Doctor of Optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and in special programs – AODP (Accelerated Optometry Degree Program), ASIP (Advanced Standing International Program) and MS/OD China. Three students were awarded a Master of Science Degree…


Third Year NECO Student Receives Student Innovator of the Year Award

Graham Stetson, New England College of Optometry Class of 2019, was chosen to receive the Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator of the Year Award this spring. The NECO student received the award together with additional groups and individual students from three other colleges of optometry. The award is named in honor of OD Rick Bay and highlights innovations by optometry students.…


NECO Honors AAO Student Fellows

On Friday, May 4, 2018, NECO hosted the annual Meet the Student Fellows dinner for individuals who achieved the status of Student Fellow from the AAO. The evening was sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) club at NECO. The AAO Fellowship is an program for optometrists, scientists, and other qualified individuals go through a rigorous process and achieve the distinction…

April, 2018


Student Achievement Celebrated at 2018 Visionaries Event

April 19, 2018 marked the 16th annual Visionaries Event at New England College of Optometry, NECO. Students, faculty, staff, and supporters came together for Visionaries: A Celebration of Student Accomplishment. The yearly spring event was originally created to showcase first year students Public Health Care posters, but has grown to include events for second and third year students as well, bringing the…


NECO Selects Dr. Howard Purcell As Next President

The New England College of Optometry Board of Trustees has named Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, Diplomate, as the thirteenth President and CEO of the College. Dr. Purcell was selected following a national search to succeed Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, who will be stepping down after serving for nine years. He will take office on July 2, 2018.


NECO Honors 2018 Scholarship Recipients

New England College of Optometry is please to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients. This distinguished group of students was honored for their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and clinical expertise on April 5, 2018.


NECO Student and Alumnus Receive Mattingly Scholarship

Two New England College of Optometry (NECO) students have been selected for the 2018 Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship. Micaela Gobeille, Class of 2018, and recent alumnus Rebecca Deffler, Class of 2017, were chosen to receive the $2500 scholarship for their commitment to low vision. The award, co-sponsored by Mattingly Low Vision and the El Paso Community Foundation, was created to honor Bill Mattingly and…

March, 2018


President Scott and Anne Zettek-Sumner Capture Rowing Bronze

At New England College of Optometry, the partnerships extend far beyond our 424 Beacon Street campus. On February 25, 2018, President Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, and Anne Zettek-Sumner, RN, M.Ed, teamed up to participate in the C.R.A.S.H.-B., (Charles River All Stars Has Beens) indoor rowing championships at Boston University.

February, 2018


NECO Professor Interviewed on NBC For Revolutionary Low Vision Device

Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, Assistant Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), was recently interviewed by NBC to share her expertise in low vision devices. The segment focused specifically on the ORCAM, a vision device that utilizes technology to assist individuals who are blind and partially sighted. The device utilizes a wireless smart camera, attached to the side…


2018 STAPLE Program Provides Hands-On Contact Lens Experience

Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice and New England College of Optometry, NECO, provides courses and workshops to help students gain critical skills in contact lens fitting. On Sunday, February 10, 2018, NECO hosted STAPLE, the Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education to provide a hands-on contact lens workshop to the OD3 class. STAPLE offers a soft-toric contact lens…


NECO Hosts Successful 2018 Career Symposium and AOSA Trade Expo

New England College of Optometry hosted the 2018 Career Symposium and AOSA Trade Expo for students and alumni on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Over 50 alumni and more than 200 NECO students and faculty participated in the day long event. “There was an amazing synergy throughout the College, the gathering of students, residents, alumni, and corporate partners met our expectations of an outstanding day,” explained…

January, 2018


NECO and Wenzhou Medical University Move Towards Joint PhD/OD Program

The China Scholarship Council recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Chinese International Cooperative Innovative Talents Project funding. Included in the list of 29 approved projects was the PhD/OD program with New England College of Optometry and Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), a joint optometry and doctoral degree program between China and the US. It was the only project selected in the…

December, 2017


NECO Kicks off Campaign 2020

New England College of Optometry, NECO, has launched an ambitious Fundraising Appeal called Campaign 2020 to support the development of the new clinical campus for students. The new campus includes the newly renovated NECO Center for Eye Care and a boutique optical shop at the Commonwealth location. Construction is slated to begin in January for a contemporary, state-of-the-art student training facility,…


Continuing Education Event Explores Role of New Technologies in Optometry

When the auto-refractor was first introduced, many optometrists were worried this new technology would make their profession obsolete. Fast forward to 2017 and new technologies are entering the field of optometry at a dizzying pace. Today, consumers can access smart-phone apps for anything from refraction and ordering glasses and contacts online at any time of day. Optometrists find themselves at a…

November, 2017


Jessica Taylor, OD ‘19, Selected for J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Jessica Taylor, Class of 2019, was selected as the New England College of Optometry (NECO) recipient of the 2017 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and presented to a second or third year student from each of the optometric…

NECO Hosts Successful Alumni Reception at Academy 2017

On Friday, October 13, 2017, New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted its annual Alumni Reception at Academy 2017 in Chicago. The conference, held on October 11-14, 2017, was the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with over of 7,500 registrants. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and…

Strong Participation by NECO at Academy 2017

Students, faculty, alumni, professional staff, and residents from New England College of Optometry (NECO) delivered presentations, posters, research, and lectures on a variety of optometric topics at the American Academy of Optometry’s meeting this year in Chicago.

October, 2017

Class of 2021 Leadership Scholarship Recipients Announced

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the Class of 2021 recipients of the Leadership Scholarships. The NECO Leadership Scholarship program is an interactive mentoring program that pairs first year students with professionals who share their knowledge, expertise and financial support in the form of a tuition stipend.


New England College of Optometry & Orbis Announce Partnership to Increase Access to Global Optometry

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) are pleased to announce their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world. NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum…