Members-in-Training Trustee elections
In 2013, it was approved to add a non-voting Members-in-Training (MIT) seat to the Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term.
The current MIT Board Member, Tasneem Khatib, began her term with the 2019 ARVO Fall Board Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., and will conclude her term at the 2021 Board Meeting in the fall. The call for applications and selection process for the next MIT Board Member begins in June 2021.
The call for MIT applications opens on June 18. All MITs are encouraged to apply by the July 23 nominations deadline.
Candidate eligibility criteria
Must be a current ARVO MIT at any training level (see below):
- In Training: Postgraduate Fellows and Residents
Individuals in full-time training at institutions of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision or ophthalmology who have attained a doctorate level degree.
- In Training: Students and Pre-doctoral Graduate Students
Individuals enrolled full-time as undergraduates, graduate, optometry students or medical students at institutions of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision or ophthalmology who have not earned a doctorate level degree.
Membership in either or both training categories is limited to a total of seven years. Lapsed members are allowed to rejoin as an MIT as long as they have not exceeded the seven-year limit (e.g., Jane Smith is an MIT for four consecutive years [2015-2019], but does not renew her dues in 2020. She renews in 2021. In 2021, she would be considered a fith-year MIT).
Must be available to attend the fall (2021, 2022, 2023) and spring (2022, 2023) Board Meetings.
Must submit a current CV and two letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or mentors who are ARVO members.
Presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting
Previously received an ARVO travel grant
Previously volunteered on an ARVO committee or working group
Term of service
The next MIT Board member will be appointed from October 2021-October 2023. Should the member lose her/his MIT status, she/he will no longer be eligible to serve out the term.
Prior At-Large Members-in-Training Trustees
Anton H. Kolomeyer, MD, PhD – RE Section
October 2011 - October 2013
Megan E. Capozzi – RC Section
October 2013 - October 2015
JaclynBermudez,PhD– GL Section
October 2015 – October 2016
PhilipRuzycki– BI Section
October 2016 – October 2017
Emily Patterson, PhD – VI Section
October 2017 – October 2019
Tasneem Khatib, MA, BMBCh – GL Section
October 2019 – October 2021
Submitting an application
Interested MITs must complete an application and obtain two letters of recommendation from senior ARVO members/advisors. MITs may also nominate another fellow MIT with their consent. Nominators must complete an application and obtain two letters of recommendation from senior ARVO members/advisors, plus a consent letter from their nominee.
Results will be announced mid-August 2021.
Please email any questions to ARVO Senior Manager, Executive & Committee Operations Stephen Willie.