The title of ARVO Fellow is an honor established to recognize current ARVO members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the Association.
ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and help further ARVO's vision "…to advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders," which includes advancing basic and clinical knowledge and serving as the leading international forum for vision research and the primary advocate for vision science worldwide.
Eligibility for the Fellow designation is determined by a point system established by the ARVO Board (revised October 2009), under which members are awarded points for participation in the activities listed below. Eligible years have been determined based upon available records. The maximum point levels have been set to require multiple areas of participation to become an ARVO Fellow.
|Max Points||Eligible years|
|Annual meeting participation (first or co-author; Invited Speaker; Moderator or SIG Organizer/Speaker/Panelist)||1||20||
|Education course and ARVO Conferences participation||1||20||
|Committee service (standing ARVO committees, standing ARVO Foundation committes, working groups)||No maximum||15||1986-present
(AMPC from 1972)
|Editorial board service (ARVO journals)||1||10||1980-present|
|Board service (ARVO Board of Trustees and ARVO Foundation Board of Governors)||1||10||All years|
|ARVO journal reviewer (minimum two reviews/year)||1||15||1999-present|
|Program organizer (meeting, conference, course, eModule)||No maximum||10||1996-present|
|ARVO Foundation Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship Mentors||1||10||2008-present|
|Global Mentorship Program (mentors only)||2||10||2016-present|
|Leadership Development Program (mentors only)||1||10||2016-present|
*These categories may not be offered every year.
There are two levels of ARVO Fellows:
Silver - minimum 50 points
Gold - minimum 60 points
ARVO staff will update the records annually following the Annual Meeting, and inform those who meet the Silver or Gold Fellow Award level requirements that have been approved by the Board by the end of the year.
Each year's class of ARVO Fellows will be inducted at the ARVO Annual Meeting the following spring.
- Recognition at the Annual Meeting Keynote session and within the Convention Center
- A Fellow's Medal, lapel pin, certificate and a ribbon for your badge.
- The right to use the special designation FARVO (Fellow of ARVO)
- Recognition in ARVO publications and press releases
- An invitation to attend the President's Reception
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