The ARVO Achievement Awards honor individuals for their exceptional contributions to ophthalmology and visual science. All awards are presented during the ARVO Annual Meeting each May. Nominations for the prestigious awards are open to all members of the vision research community. There are no membership or geographical restrictions for nominees or nominators.
2021 ARVO Achievement Award nomination timeline
Application opens Nov. 1, 2019
Application closes March 1, 2020
Applicants notified April 2020
Recipients provide lectures during ARVO 2021
- Proctor Medal
- Friedenwald Award
- Weisenfeld Award
- Cogan Award
- Kupfer Award
- Joanne G. Angle Award
- Special Recognition Award
- Distinguished Service Award
The Proctor Medal was established in 1949 as a memorial to Dr. Francis I. Proctor, an ophthalmologist who conducted extensive research on the etiology and treatment of trachoma.
This award honors outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. This was the first ophthalmology-related award to honor non-clinicians in the field. The recipient presents the Proctor Award Lecture at the ARVO Annual Meeting and receives the Proctor Medal, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem.
The Friedenwald Award was established in 1957 as a memorial to Dr. Jonas S. Friedenwald, a distinguished researcher whose contributions encompassed the entire field of ophthalmic investigations. His pioneer studies on the pathogenesis of glaucoma, corneal wound healing and diseases of the retina laid the groundwork for future generations of investigators.
Like the Proctor Medal, this award honors outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. The Award recipient presents the Friedenwald Award Lecture at the ARVO Annual Meeting, and receives a plaque, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem.
Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology
This award was established as a tribute to Mildred Weisenfeld's outstanding contributions to the field, which include the founding of Fight for Sight in 1946. As a young woman with retinitis pigmentosa, she found support was directed to charitable assistance for those with vision disorders. She believed that by encouraging research and researchers, the result would have a greater impact. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. The recipient presents the Weisenfeld Award Lecture at the ARVO Annual Meeting and receives a plaque, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem.
The Cogan Award was established in 1988 to commemorate Dr. David G. Cogan, for his outstanding leadership and commitment to advancing the understanding of the causes, mechanisms, and treatment of human eye disease.
This award is intended to recognize a young researcher who is 45 years of age or younger at the time of application deadline, and who has made important and worthwhile contributions to research in ophthalmology or visual science that are directly related to disorders of the human eye or visual system, and who show substantial promise for future contributions. The recipient presents the Cogan Award Lecture at the ARVO Annual Meeting and receives a plaque, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem. Cogan Award recipients are eligible to receive one of the other ARVO awards at a later date.
The Kupfer Award was first presented in 1993 to Dr. Carl Kupfer, who served as Director of the National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, for 30 years.
This award honors those who have demonstrated distinguished public service with national or global impact, on behalf of eye and vision research. Recipients receive a plaque which is presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem.
Joanne G. Angle Award
The Joanne G. Angle Award is the highest service honor to a volunteer professional bestowed by ARVO. This award was first presented in 2012 posthumously to Joanne G. Angle, ARVO Executive Director for 22 years.
This award recognizes outstanding leaders who have made significant, continuous contributions to ARVO in support of its mission. The recipient will show obvious personal involvement in and commitment to ARVO as well as contributions to the vision research community. The recipient receives complimentary registration, and a plaque which is presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting.
Special Recognition Award
The Special Recognition Award is presented periodically to honor outstanding service to ARVO or the vision research community. Recipients receive a plaque that is presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting, complimentary registration, hotel and travel, and per diem.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to elected ARVO officers and editors-in-chief upon completion of their terms, in appreciation for dedicated service to ARVO. The recipients are presented a plaque during the ARVO Annual Meeting.