Volunteer and engagement opportunities


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer members are the heart of ARVO, where staff and volunteers are integrated partners in ARVO's mission to advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. If you take personal satisfaction from making a meaningful contribution, please consider expressing interest in one or more of ARVO's volunteer opportunities (listed below). Time commitments for volunteer service vary from a few hours to a few years.

Volunteering can give you an edge throughout your career development and be rewarding. Some of the benefits include:

  • Earn "Fellow of ARVO" (FARVO) points
  • Network with other eye and vision researchers
  • Give back to the field
  • Increase your scientific knowledge
  • Share your scientific knowledge with others

Committee volunteer opportunities

Committee service typically requires a three-year commitment of engaged participation. Committee volunteers are responsible for accurately sensing the environment, processing information and providing valuable guidance to the Board of Trustees. In addition to 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. Be mindful that ARVO receives hundreds 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. Applications received by Jan. 10, 2020, will receive consideration for the term beginning May 2020. Those received after that will be considered for the 2021 term. The ARVO President-elect makes appointments in February/March. Applications will be accepted Dec. 5, 2019 through Jan. 10, 2020.

Mentoring volunteer opportunities

ARVO offers three (non-science) mentoring opportunities to help encourage and develop the career of member students, trainees, early-career investigators and up-and-coming ARVO leaders. Timeframes range from several weeks to one-year commitments. Volunteers regularly express personal and professional satisfaction from giving guidance on career development, work-life balance and engaging in ARVO.

Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowships (DCERF) mentors serve as Annual Meeting mentors for visiting researchers from developing countries attending their first Annual Meeting. Mentors are expected to help their mentee plan their time at the meeting and make introductions to other researchers with similar interests who could be helpful to them in their work. DCERF mentorship requirements and inquiry.

Women’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) mentors must have ARVO leadership and prior mentoring experience and commit to a year of mentoring an early- to mid-career investigator looking to advance her career and ARVO leadership. Applications are open for approximately one month each fall for the following year’s program. LDP information and mentor application form.

Global Mentorship Program (GMP) mentors commit six months to mentor a members-in-training or early career investigator experiencing a career transition and looking for professional (non-science) guidance. GMP information and mentor application form.

ARVO has a few additional short-term volunteer service opportunities at the Annual Meeting. Members who express interest in these service opportunities will have their names forwarded to the appropriate program coordinators for consideration. Annual Meeting volunteer application form. Opportunities include:

  • Reading student resumes and offering career advice
  • Serving as a session moderator
  • Serving as a table host for Breakfast with an Expert
  • Serving as a judge for the Members-in-Training Poster Award competition

Engagement opportunities
ARVO could not succeed without engaged members. ARVO offers a variety of ways for members to engage through quick tasks and get plugged into the global ARVO community. Please note that these opportunities are not eligible for the Fellows of ARVO (FARVO) program. View engagement opportunities.