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Setting Your Sights - Get Involved

ARVO’s Setting Your Sights Program aims to motivate and guide the next generation of eye and vision researchers from around the world, especially youth from underrepresented groups, by encouraging interactions with current members of the research community. To get the program launched, we are collecting materials that can aid them.

If you are an educator, instructor, researcher, content contributor or student who wants to help build a solid foundation and/or network in this area, we have many opportunities for you to get involved. 

Ways to Get Involved

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Become a Setting Your Sights Advocate




Talk about your career with high-school-aged individuals, college students and others possibly interested in the eye and vision field. Also feel free to suggest potential speakers.

ARVO staff will assist in reviewing presentation content and materials, plus will provide tools and evaluation mechanisms so you may present in a virtual or in-person setting.

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Submit information on upcoming STEM education or outreach events.


Science OlympiadTM 


Submit event information


Share STEM course materials and learning tools that can be incorporated into shareable resources


Lab-produced images, surgery videos


Upload resource materials


Submit information on upcoming STEM contests and challenges
(international and national)


Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), MathCounts


Submit contest information



Share information on STEM learning programs offered by your school or institution


Clubs, apprenticeships, observership programs, lab visits


Share STEM program information


Mentor a high-school student 
(open to ARVO members only)


Meet with a high-school student interested in visual sciences on your own time


Apply to be a mentor



Be a guide for high-school students at ARVO 2023 
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Want to submit multiple opportunities? Complete this form to get started!

Benefits to Get Involved

  • Increase awareness of the eye and vision field within the next generation
  • Cultivate interest in STEM within multiple settings
  • Improve representation of women and members of underrepresented groups in the vision and STEM field
  • Showcase your expertise and build your portfolio
  • Engage with other enthusiastic researchers and be part of an amazing community

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Meet an Aspiring Vision Scientist: Sarah Lee

"I am currently a junior at Timpview High School, UT. Ever since I can remember, I have been drawn toward the STEM field, and I became especially interested in the eye and vision world when I found out my younger cousin has congenital cataracts. As my desire to learn about the eye and vision field grew, I researched around for materials and resources, but could not find any in my community. Any resources can be of help, for it can guide students who are passionate and persistent to the right path!"