Sullins Award Criteria

Purpose – The Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE® Award recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program.

Award – The recipient is awarded a gold medallion and travel reimbursement up to $1,000.  The award is presented at the AOA House of Delegates at Optometry’s Meeting®.

Judging and Selection – Members of the InfantSEE Committee will select the recipient of the award, which is presented annually.

Eligibility – Nominations for the Award may be submitted by InfantSEE State Leaders (ISLs), any member of the AOA, any faculty member of the schools and colleges of optometry, AOA committees, commissions, councils, sections, groups, affiliated associations and societies and other optometric organizations.

Nominees must be doctors of optometry who meet the criteria established for the Award.

Criteria – Nominee achievements will be evaluated according to a point system allocated to two principles:

1.  Service to InfantSEE (75 point maximum)
     Contributions of personal time and effort in the public/community in such areas as:

  • An active InfantSEE provider in good standing as of January 1, 2017 through receipt of award
  • Presenter or enrollee in continuing education specializing in eye and vision care of the infant population within the past three years
  • Provide at least two examples of community outreach regarding InfantSEE with measurable results

2.  Service to Optometry and Special Service (25 point maximum)
      Involvement on behalf of the profession of optometry, in such areas as:

  • Leadership roles within the profession
  • Contributions of personal time and effort with professional health care organizations, military service, committees, boards or groups
  • AOA member in good standing

Rules – All nominations for the Award should conform to the following requirements:

  1. Nominations are to be submitted online
  2. A statement not to exceed 1,500 words is required which should amplify and substantiate the reasons the nominee should be considered for the recognition.  It should explain the nature of the individual’s public service/contribution for InfantSEE.
  3. A brief biographical sketch.

Please note that the recipient of the award will be asked to provide a current head and shoulders photograph for publicity. (Electronic photo preferred)

The deadline for award nominations is April 30, 2018 and must be submitted online at

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the AOA Foundation at (800) 365-2219 ext. 4268 or email


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