Undergraduate News for Alumni

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

At our 2018 Graduation dinner, the School of Optometry and Vision Science recognised the diligence, hard work and achievements of 2017's graduating cohort. The following day, that same cohort attended their graduation ceremony. Each student should feel proud to have completed the Bachelor of Vision Science with the Master of Clinical Optometry. Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert and Professor Deborah Sweeney spoke wonderfully about where a qualification in optometry can take graduates, and about the impact each graduating student can make as alumni. They exhorted the graduands and prize givers to realise that despite just completing a long and difficult course, graduation is really only the beginning, and to be brave and to always say "yes" when asked to try something new. Celine Zhang, our student speaker for the night, gave an accomplished speech that highlighted to all attendees the maturity and vim of the graduating class. We are grateful for the support of industry, who kindly sponsored awards, and also for the presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Emma Johnston, for presenting the awards to our prizewinners. 

Finishing your degree doesn't mean you're no longer a part of UNSW SOVS. Stay in touch with us through our Alumni Newsletters and yearly alumni evening. 

Congratulations to our undergraduate and postgraduate prize winners of 2017, who were recognised at the 2018 graduation dinner

The school would also like to extend its gratitude to all prize sponsors. 

The Stage 1 Optics Prize [Sponsored by Transitions Optical (Essilor)]
for the best performance in VISN1111 and VISN1221
Aaron Yan-Lam Kan
 
The Stage 2 Clinical Optometry Prize (Sponsored by BOC Ophthalmic Instruments Pty Ltd)
for the best performance in OPTM2190 and OPTM2291
Paula Gu 
 
The Stage 3 Ocular Diseases Prize (Sponsored by Essilor Australia Pty Ltd)
for the best performance in OPTM3131 and OPTM3231
Brian Ka Lok Wong
 
The Stage 3 Environmental Optometry and Dispensing Prize (Sponsored by UVEX SAFETY AUSTRALIA LIMITED) 
for the best performance in stage 3 Environmental Optometry and Dispensing
Yee Sum Phoebe Wong
 
The Cooper Vision Prize in Contact Lenses Prize (Sponsored by CooperVision Australia)
for the best performance in OPTM6411 and OPTM6421 (Contact Lens Strand) in Stage 1 of the Master of Clinical Optometry
and
The Optometry NSW/ACT Prize in Ocular Therapeutics
for the best performance in OPTM6431 and OPTM6423 in Stage 1 of the Master of Clinical Optometry
Patricia Wing Lam Tsong
 
The Neville Fulthorpe Prize for Stage 5 Clinical Optometry (Sponsored by Judy Rainsford)
for the best performance in Stage 5 Clinical Optometry (OPTM5111 and OPTM5211)
Lisa-Marie Wei Xian Voon
 
The Stage 5 Research Project Prize (Sponsored by Optometric Vision Research Foundation) 
for the best overall mark in the research project in the final year of the Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science Program 3952
Shared by:
Laura Luxin Hou 
Rachel Kim
 
The ACBO Prize (Sponsored by the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists)
for the best overall performance throughout the Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science program in Binocular and Children's Vision
Rachel Kim
 
The Dr Andrew Whatham Prize for Stage 5 Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) Clinical Excellence (Sponsored by the Centre for Eye Health)
for the best performance in the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) Stage 5 Clinical Rotation
and 
The Leonard Fine/Luxottica Prize (Sponsored by Luxottica) 
for the best performance in Stage 5 Ocular Therapeutics
Tyson Xu
 
The Designs for Vision Prize
For the best overall performance throughout the Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science Program in Primary Care Optometry
Kathy Kailin Qiu
 
The Specsavers Prize for Excellence in Patient Management
Awareded to a final year Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science student for excellence in patient management
Nicholas James Stanley
 
The Susan Larter Vision Trust Prize (Sponsored by the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists)
for a final year or postgraduate student who has acheived clinical excellence and/or has contributed to the practice and knowledge of behavioural/neuro-developmental optometry
Celine Zhang
 
The Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science Program Prize (Sponsored by Specsavers Optometrists) and the University Medal
for the best overall weighted average mark (WAM) in the Bachelor of Optometry Bachelor of Science Program 3952
Anne Li
 
The Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics Prize (Sponsored by Luxottica)
for the best performance in Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics
Shared by:
Melinda Louise Toomey
Eva Kim Yuen
 
The Brian Kirby Prize for Research Excellence in Optometry (Sponsored by the Brian Kirby Foundation) 
for the Doctoral student in optometry with the best thesis
Preeji Mandathara Sudharman
 
The David Bard Award in Optometry and Vision Science
Anne Zhang
 
The OVRF-MAKI SHIOBARA Scholarship
Thalia Lim

In this section,

  • The UNSW Optometry program has undergone some changes for 2017, and now has a new name:  Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Clinical Optometry (three year undergraduate plus two year Masters program).
  • Graduation Dinner, and Prize and scholarship winners, 2016