WIO Scientific Contribution Award

Nominations Due Monday, October 5th, 2020 5 pm PST

The WIO Scientific Contribution Award recognizes a physician or non-physician scientist who has made a significant scientific contribution in the field of ophthalmology. The nominee must be involved in research which has made a significant contribution to the profession and shown outstanding promise in this endeavor. Nominations will be solicited from WIO members annually. Individual must be a WIO member if chosen for this award.

The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of Women in Ophthalmology who has contributed significant research to Ophthalmology.

The Nominating Committee of WIO (led by the Immediate past president) will consider nominations that meet the qualifications and criteria above and that are received by the deadline.   The selection committee will verify references of the nominee, and if necessary gather additional information in making their determination.

Selection of the award recipient will be determined on the basis of factors including, but not limited to: Research contributions to Ophthalmology, recommendations of the nominating organization and/or individuals identified in the nomination form, or others whom the committee may consult.  Only one recipient will be selected if there are multiple nominations for this award that fulfill the criteria.  This award may not be given yearly if the committee feels that there are not enough qualified applicants.

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  • WIO Award Nominations

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  • Global terms of WIO Awards:

    • Nominees may not be nominated for an award they have already received.
    • Individuals may not receive more than one award per year.
    • Award will be presented each year and acknowledged on the WIO website and media outlets.
    • Calls for nominations will be issued annually but all awards may not be given every year.

    WIO Scientific Contribution Award

    The WIO Scientific Contribution Award recognizes a physicians or non-physician scientist who has made a significant scientific contribution in the field of ophthalmology.
  • The nominee must be a WIO member who has demonstrated significant contributions to the field of Ophthalmology.
  • Please describe and explain in detail why the above nominee deserves to receive the WIO Scientific Contribution Award.
  • Please list the publications that this individual has contributed to Ophthalmology.
  • Describe in detail the nature of the qualities that explains why this individual is successful in her/ his contribution to significant research in Ophthalmology.
  • What activity or initiative (s) has the nominee accomplished that merits this nomination? What was their role in the research project?
  • In what capacity did the nominee serve above and beyond the usual commitment to research or accomplishment?
  • Please include name, phone number, email, title and address of references



Cynthia Toth, MD


Arlene Drack, MD


Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD


Eve Higginbotham, MD