April 28, 2023

Tiffany Chen and Eden Nourmand earn 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

STUDENTS ACHIEVE HIGHEST HONORNew York, NY-  The State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. this week awarded SUNY College of Optometry students Tiffany Chen and Eden Nourmand with SUNY’s highest honor for academic excellence and leadership. The 2023 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence (CASE) recognizes students for their outstanding achievements throughout their SUNY experience in areas including academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, and the arts.  193 students from 63 SUNY campuses earned the prestigious award this year.

Tiffany Y. Chen is from Walnut, CA, was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to Southern California at the age of six. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physiological science at UCLA and moved to NYC to pursue her OD/MS degree at SUNY Optometry. She has been deeply involved at SUNY through research, community service, and leadership roles. She plans to continue building on her experiences from SUNY to continue giving back to her community after graduation.

Eden Nourmand from Brooklyn, NY, is an OD candidate at SUNY College of Optometry, graduating with a micro-credential in vision rehabilitation. Prior to attending SUNY Optometry, she graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Brooklyn College, earning her BS in health and nutrition science. During optometry school, Eden served as president of COVD and the JOA. She is also a member of BSK as well as secretary for the Gold Key Honor Society. During her free time, she enjoys photography, knitting, and spending time with her large family.

Every year since 1997, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.  The 2023 Awards Ceremony was held on April 24 at the Albany Capital Center.



About SUNY Optometry
Founded in 1971 and located in New York City, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a leader in education, research, and patient care, offering the Doctor of Optometry degree as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites. SUNY Optometry is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; its four-year professional degree program and residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. All classrooms, research facilities, and the University Eye Center, which is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation, are located on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown Manhattan. To learn more about SUNY Optometry, visit

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