The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research pairs members to serve as meeting mentors for visiting researchers from developing countries attending the ARVO Annual Meeting. As a meeting mentor, you will have the ability to influence the visiting researcher's experience before, during and after the ARVO Annual Meeting.

Meeting mentor requirements include:

  • Communicate with the visiting researcher prior to the Annual Meeting, acquainting them with the meeting and suggest how to plan their time.
  • Help the researcher navigate the meeting
  • Introduce the researcher to other ARVO members with similar interests
  • Help create connections that will go beyond the meeting

Ideal mentors have attended the ARVO Annual Meeting in the past and can guide one of the program fellows to get the most out of their first meeting experience. Financial assistance for participating in the Annual Meeting or DCERF program is not provided to mentors.

The 2024 DCERF application period is currently closed. Applications open annually from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.