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Summer Research Training Program

For many years, New England College of Optometry has welcomed applications from qualified optometric students to join its summer Research Training Program in Boston. The program is designed for first year students from NECO and other Colleges of Optometry who can apply for fellowship support from a research training grant (T35) from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Stipends are paid for laboratory research from May through August for a total of approximately $5,700.

The New England College of Optometry welcomes applications from qualified optometry students to join its T35 summer research training program funded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The program is designed for first year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Stipends of approximately $6000 will be paid for laboratory research and participation in the program.

The goal of this training is to help students in a professional program 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 should gain a greater understanding of how to conduct vision research and an ability to judge the quality of research-based reports.

Application materials must be received by February 15th, 2019. Students will be notified by March 15th, 2019.

Program Highlights

  • Trainees will be assigned to one or more mentors contingent upon their mutual interests and preferences. A general description of the research interests of the various mentors for 2019 is given in the T35 Lab Activities for 2019 document)  
  • The official program start date is May 28, 2019, and trainees must spend a minimum of 320 hours doing research and attending workshops to complete the program. 
  • Over a 10-week period workshops will be given on evaluating scientific literature, research design and methods, and the ethical conduct of science. Lectures on cutting-edge research will be presented by guest speakers.
  • Trainees are expected to spend most of their time in laboratory and library research related to their projects.
  • Trainees will write up a short report and present their research at the end of the program.


If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Jane Gwiazda, Program Director, at or (617) 587-5781.