Summer Research Program

For years we have welcomed optometric students to apply to our summer Research Training Program. The program is designed for first year students from NECO and other optometry schools to gain fellowship support from a research training grant (T35) from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Due to Covid-19, the program is a hybrid model and is only open to NECO students. Students should inquire with Dr.

The goal of the training is to help students gain a strong sense of research; including critical literature review, experimental design, data collection and analysis, presentation and write-up of results, and how new research findings are translated into clinical practice. Trainees gain a greater understanding of how to conduct vision research and an ability to judge the quality of research-based reports.

NECO welcomes students with a research background, but prior research experience is not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.   

Stipends for laboratory research and weekly seminar participation for 10 weeks are provided.


Program Inquiries

Jane Gwiazda, Program Director

If you have questions about the program, please contact me.