Volunteering on a committee can give you an edge throughout your career development and is a rewarding experience.

Committee volunteer opportunities

ARVO volunteers are integrated partners with our staff in ARVO's mission to advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. Committee members are responsible for accurately sensing the environment, processing information and providing valuable guidance to the ARVO Board of Trustees.

In addition to your knowledge, skills and experience, consideration is given to appointing ARVO members who have not previously served on a committee and to broadening geographical and ethnic diversity and gender and Scientific Section parity. The typical term of service is three years of engaged participation. If you are then appointed by your committee members to serve as Chair, your term may be extended for another two years.

How to Apply - application period opens December 2020

Applicants are required to submit an online application consisting of an application statement, detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

  • Pick one or two committees that speak to their interests (view ARVO committee descriptions)
  • Invest time in individual applications
  • Make sure member information is updated and accurate

Please note that ARVO receives a high volume of applications every year for about 35 committee openings. Providing full details in your application as well as having a complete ARVOConnect profile is helpful. The application period for the term beginning May 2020 has closed. The next round of applications will be accepted from December 2020 through January 2021 (additional details will be announced at a later date).

Please email any questions to ARVO Senior Manager, Executive & Committee Operations, Stephen Willie.