The Awards Committee (AWD) solicits and reviews nominations annually for ARVO awards.
- Reviews and ranks nominations.
- Evaluates the awards program to ensure that new trends in the field are addressed.
- Chair reports to the Board of Trustees on the Committee's recommendations of top candidates for the awards at one of the two board meetings held during the ARVO Annual Meeting.
AWD consists of one member from each Scientific Section to ensure that there is adequate coverage of all relevant research fields. AWD members are past awardees, past Board members, or members distinguished in their field. Ex officio AWD members do not participate in the evaluation of the nominees or in voting. AWD includes at least one former Cogan Award recipient and at least two former Proctor/Friedenwald Award recipients. The length of service is four years.
The committee as a whole meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect and e-mail and if needed by conference call during the year.