September 8, 2021
Julie Lin, Ewa Kowalczyk ,Andrew Kageyama, Sanjana Saksena
(L-R) Julie Lin, Ewa Kowalczyk ,Andrew Kageyama, Sanjana Saksena

NEW YORK, NY – The American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation announced more than 40 recipients of the 2021 Student Travel Fellowship Grants, which provides $750 in funding for select students to attend the Academy 2021 meeting in Boston, November 3-6, 2021.  Names of the awardees were released by the Academy on Friday, September 3.

Among this year’s grant winners representing optometry schools nationwide are four students from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. They include

  • Julie Lin, Class of 2022, awarded the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Student Travel Fellowship, a grant given to a third or fourth-year student and member of BSK.  
  • Ewa Kowalczyk, Class of 2023, earning the Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship presented to a third or fourth-year student whose professional goal is to be in private practice. 
  • Andrew Kageyama and Sanjana Saksena, both Class of 2022, receiving the Johnson & Johnson Vision Student Travel Fellowship awarded primarily for accomplishment or potential in clinical or research aspects of vision.

The SUNY Optometry classmates and fellow grant recipients will be honored at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 4, from noon to 1 p.m. during Academy 2021 Boston.

September 8, 2021

Organization contact: Adrienne Stoller,, 212-938-5600


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 PhD degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites as well as an on-site clinic, the University Eye Center.  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 in midtown Manhattan. To learn more about SUNY Optometry, visit

About the American Academy of Optometry 

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) inspires excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website: 

About the American Academy of Optometry Foundation 

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and was founded in 1947 for the “upholding, broadening, fostering, promoting and aiding of optometric education; the profession of optometry and its practitioners.” The organization provides financial support for optometric research and vision and eye health education to improve patient clinical care. For more information, visit the website: