Our postgraduate students have continued to excel, even with the rollercoaster ride that has been 2021. Our students have published over 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and have presented their research at international conferences, albeit online, including the BCLA, ARVO, ARVO Imaging in The Eye Conference, ACIPC (Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control), World Glaucoma Congress, AAO, MASCC/ISOO Meeting and EVER.

Thesis submission and awards

Our sincerest congratulations go to Dr Daniel Tilia, Dr Karen Lahav Yacouel, Dr Sally Alkhawajah, Dr Hind Alzahrani, Dr Mahjabeen Khan, Dr Revathy Mani who were awarded their PhD’s in 2021, and to Huy Tran who submitted his Thesis

Awards

Congratulations also go to a long list of postgraduate students who received various awards throughout the year:

  • ARC Student & Supervisors Award – Fatima Iqbal, Azadeh Tavakoli, Rajendra Gyawali, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, Binod Rayamajhee
  • IMNIS Program- Fatima Iqbal, Binod Rayamajhee, Sue Kweon
  • Women in Maths & Science Champions Program – Suki Jaiswal, Azadeh Tavakoli, Fatima Iqbal, Melinda Toomey
  • Foster Immunology Travel Grant 2021 – Suki Jaiswal
  • ASM (American Society for Microbiology) Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award 2021 – Binod Rayamajhee
  • Scholarship to pursue McGill Summer Course in Infectious Diseases and Global Health – Binod Rayamajhee
  • ARVO Travel Grant 2021 – Melinda Toomey, Rajendra Gyawali, Wilson Luu, Manjulatha Sara, Chieh-Lin (Stanley) Wu, Zahra Tajbakhsh, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka
  • Finalist for ARVO 2021 best poster competition: Zahra Tajbakhsh
  • ARVO Science Communication Fellowship – Jeremy Chiang, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka
  • Mike Daley/ Essilor Ezell Fellowship – Rabia Mobeen
  • Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) Ezell Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry Foundation – Janelle Tong
  • EVER (European Association for Vision and Eye Research) 2021 Rapid Fire Award – Chieh-Lin (Stanley) Wu
  • The Dorothy Carlborg Research Award (CCLSA) 2021 – Sidra Sarwat
  • ARC PGC Student Nominee Award – Sidra Sarwat
  • Research Excellence Award by Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Pakistan – Sidra Sarwat

Other achievements

Our postgraduate students are encouraged to have a well-rounded education in order to gain skills beyond those required for basic research. As evidence of this, our students are involved in a range of activities across the Faculty, UNSW, and their respective fields nationally and internationally:

  • Faculty of Health and Medicine HDR Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors - Nicole Xiao Liu, Binod Rayamajhee, Madeeha Afzal
  • UNSW Health and Wellbeing Ambassador; UNSW Cultural Mentor - Azadeh Tavakoli
  • Medicine HDR Peer Mentoring Mentors, Graduate Research School - Nicole Xiao Liu, Fatima Iqbal, Binod Rayamajhee, Sidra Sarwat
  • UNSW HDR Peer Mentors - Jeremy Chiang, Zahra Tajbakhsh, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Support Scholarship - Matt Trinh, Jeremy Chiang, Raj Gyawali, Nahida Akter, Sultan Alotaibi, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, Zahra Tajbakhsh
  • AAO Clinical Certification Course funded by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation: Ngozi Chidi-Egboka and Fatima Iqbal
  • UNSW Postgraduate Council - Fatima Iqbal elected as Equity Officer
  • Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) - Binod Rayamajhee selected as communication ambassador of ASM for 2021-2022
  • Member, Research Committee, PGC, UNSW – 2021 – Binod Rayamajhee
  • General Secretary for UNSW PGC – Sue Kweon
  • Equity Liaison for UNSW PGC – Fatima Iqbal
  • UNSW PGC Female Ambassador of the Month, May 2021- Ngozi Chidi-Egboka
  • UNSW PGC Inaugural Committee Member for Career Development and Women in STEMM, 2021 – Ngozi Chidi-Egboka

Other events

The School of Optometry and Vision Science had strong representation at the UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health three-minute thesis presentations: Suki Jaiswal, Fatima Iqbal, Azadeh Tavakoli, Melinda Toomey, Sue Kweon. UNSW Fred Hollows Foundation Society- Careers in Eye Health was covered by Sue Kweon.

Postgraduate club

Postgrad club continues to run weekly on Thursdays from 4.00 – 5.00pm AEST. A wide range of fantastic speakers and topics have been presented there this year including

Date Topic Presenter(s)

28th Jan

Systematic review vs. narrative systematic reviews vs. narrative reviews, protocols, where to register or identify who is doing a similar review, review

Ari Grant

4th Feb

Procrastination in the workplace

Judith Flanagan

11th Feb

Ethical publication: panel Isabelle, Mark, Shyam

Rajendra Gyawali and Melinda Toomey

18th Feb

Meeting your candidature requirements

Anne Barnes

25th Feb

Being an academic: things we wish we knew

Sieu Khuu and Pauline Kang

4th March

Health economics in optometry

Nina Tahhan

11th March

How to apply for industry funding

Jackie Tan

18th March

Research integrity: academic misconduct and IP matters

Amelia Kowalksi

25th March

Industry/Tech related career options for PhD graduates

Intelligence/ Defense related career options for PhD graduates

Vanessa Bakhos; Katherine Pick and Sedryn Lim

1st April

Business related career options for PhD graduates

Eric Wei

8th April

qualitative research (and or nVivo)

Anthea Burnett

15th April

Postdoc life

Jingjing You

22nd April

Elements of an academic career: what is sabbatical leave, and how do I plan to make it productive?

Phil Anderton

6th May

Coffee with an Academic

Lyndon Jones

13th May

Ethics

Leonne Thompson

20th May

Awards/bursaries/subsidies available for students to apply for

Divya Ashandy and Jack Phu

27th May

Grant applications

Lisa Nivison-Smith

3rd June

Research Data Management Plan

Jacky Cho

10th June

How to conduct a systematic review (tips on software to use, use of structured tools, prospero, quality appraisals).

Anthea Burnett

 

17th June

Implementation science

Lisa Keay

8th July

Fellowships and breaking away from your supervisors

Mark Willcox

15th July

Endnote

Alex Hui

22nd July

Collaborating with Industry

Craig Stamp

29th July

Finance for Non-financial Clinicians, researchers

Craig Stamp

5th August

PhDs in the time of pandemic

Shane Huntington

19th August

How to build your ‘data legacy’. Trends in data management, implications for the academic research currency cycle and the importance of managing your data assets (data repositories, DOIs, open access versus FAIR data)

Anthea Burnett

26th August

Navigating the Journey of Life: Purpose – Passion – Plans – Persistence

David Powell

2nd Sept

Tips for getting published: the journey from first submission to acceptance

Angelica Ly

9th Sept

Sample size

Thomas John Navidulath

16th Sept

Statistics

Thomas John Navidulath

23rd Sept

Evidence-based medicine: What is it? Really

Gordon Doig

30th Sept

The promise of Rasch analysis for scoring and analysing questionnaire data

Sheela Kumaran

7th Oct

Bayesian stats

Eric Papas

21st Oct

CV’s (resumes) and selection criteria

Katherine Pick

28th Oct

Equity Learning UNSW

Michelle Sanders

4th Nov

Casual/Part time employment during PhD and budget management

Tracy Kane

11th Nov

How to use Graph Pad prism to do some basic statistical tests

Revathy Mani

18th Nov

Qualitative analysis

Rajendra Gyawali

Melinda Toomey

25th Nov

The secrets of effective research communication: a very personal perspective

Nathan Efron

 

We thank all those who volunteered their time to present at our Postgrad Club.

Annual postgraduate conference

The 2021 annual postgraduate conference was held on 9-12 August 2021 via a virtual platform. Thirty-four students presented their research findings across a range of topics including public health, myopia and glaucoma studies, dry eye disease, systemic disease and the eye, and a total of 43 were interviewed as part of the review process. The reviews are always a great opportunity to find out the array of research currently being undertaken by research students at SOVS. Many thanks to the following members of the SOVS community who served as panellists: Eric Papas, Vinod Maseedupally, Mark Willcox, Nina Tahhan, Simin Masoudi, Jackie Tan, Lisa Nivison-Smith, Jerome Ozkan, Kath Watt and Juno Kim.

Congratulations to Jeremy Chiang for his “Best presentation” award and to Adam Samuels for his runner up award.

New Postgraduate Research Representatives

This year we thanked Hari Peguda, Rajendra Gyawali, Praveen Bandela and Wilson Luu for their service as postgraduate representatives and welcomed Sue Kweon, Fatima Iqbal, Daniel Rafla and Geetha Nakka (below) as the incoming representatives.

MPhil

In 2020 SOVS enrolled its first MPhil students. The MPhil is a one-and-a-half-year degree that incorporates coursework and a research project. The completion of an MPhil equates to honours equivalency. Find out more.

PhD opportunities

Are you interested in undertaking postgraduate research? Our school offers a structured postgraduate program consisting of in-house research seminars, developing students’ methodological, statistical and research skills, and access to the internationally recognised researchers, who provide their expertise, knowledge, advice, and guidance. Learn more about our postgraduate program.

Associate Professor Maria Markoulli
Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Dr Anne Barnes 
Teaching Support Officer

Previous postgraduate research news

  • The unprecedented year of 2020, which was supposed to be a year of optometry and good vision, tested the postgraduate students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, who faced its challenges with smiles and emerged victorious. Staying six feet apart and physically distanced, yet closer than ever, postgraduate candidates ended the year with thesis submissions and awards, virtual conferences, papers published and national and international grants and awards.

    Six postgraduates were awarded their PhDs and five others submitted their thesis this year.

    Postgraduates attended over a dozen of major global conferences, most of them virtually, across a range of research focus including public health, imaging and applied optics, cornea and ocular surface, and microbiology in eye and vision science. In addition, postgraduates participated in several university, national and global events including U21 Global Citizenship 202O; Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS); and UNSW Faculty of Science One-minute thesis.

    Staying steadfast in their commitment to research, postgraduates published over two dozen papers in high-ranking journals and other media. The publications reflect the diversity of research and global collaboration at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, including in the areas of myopia, ocular surface, public health, ocular diseases, vision science, and microbiology, among others.    

    Several prestigious awards recognised students’ research and academic excellence. Five postgraduates were admitted to the AAO Fellowship this year. Postgraduates were also recognised for their contribution to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at UNSW Sydney. The awards from American Academy of Optometry; Cornea and Contact Lens Society Australia; Public Health Association of Australia; UNSW ARC Postgraduate Council; Optical Society of America; and UNSW Sydney highlight the student contribution to science and society during a seemingly fallow year.

    In the annual postgraduate conference 2020, students presented their research projects across a range of topics. The PG-club, held every Thursday, provided a diverse learning opportunity in a wide range of areas of research and PhD life. The postgraduates selected their new representatives and had a year-end picnic to celebrate the end of a rather surreal year and welcome 2021.      

    Thesis submissions and awards

    Thesis submissions: Mahjabeen Khan, Hind Alzahrani, Revathy Mani, Matthew Green, Sally Alkawajah

    PhD awards: Ingrid Ornella Mekountchou Koumbo, Divya Ashari Kandy, Jessie Huang, Deepak Bagga

    Conferences

    • Virtual British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science
    • ARVO Baltimore 2020
    • Australian Public Health Conference, Public Health Association of Australia 2020
    • American Academy of Optometry, Annual Meeting 2020
    • SHP Implementation Science Symposium
    • 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence
    • 2020 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress
    • Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology Gordon Research Conference
    • Microseq 2020, The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), Vic Branch

    Papers  

    • Liu XN, Naduvilath TJ, et al. Sleeping late is a risk factor for myopia development amongst school-aged children in China. Sci Rep. 2020 Oct 14;10(1):17194.
    • Jagadeesh D, et al. Posterior segment conditions associated with myopia and high myopia. Clin Exp Optom. 2020 Nov;103(6):756-765.
    • Chiang JCB, et al. The impact of anticancer drugs on the ocular surface. Ocul Surf. 2020;18,403-417. 10.1016/j.jtos.2020.03.008;
    • Issar T, Tummanapalli SS, et al. Associations between acute glucose control and peripheral nerve structure and function in type 1 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2020.
    • Ambika S, Atiya A, Mani R et al., Visual profile of Acquired Brain Injury in Indian Cohort: A retrospective study. Brain Injury 2020.
    • Gyawali, R et al. Quality of 2019 American optometric association clinical practice guideline for diabetic eye care. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2020.
    • Gyawali, R et al. Quality of the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Diabetic Retinopathy in Australia. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2020;61(7):1607.
    • Shrestha GS, et al. Understanding clinical and immunological features associated with Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus keratitis. Contact Len Anterior Eye, 2020
    • Kekunnaya, R., et al. Ocular structural changes in patients with Duane retraction syndrome: Does a correlation exist? Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 68, 2196-2198.
    • Adhikari B, et al. Potential roles of medicinal plants for the treatment of viral diseases focusing on COVID‐19: A review. Phytotherapy Research. 2020 Oct 9.
    • Yadav UN, Rayamajhee B, et al. A syndemic perspective on the management of non-communicable diseases amid the COVID-19 pandemic in low-and middle-income countries. Frontiers in Public Health. 2020 Sep 25;8:508.
    • Chidi-Egboka NC, et al. Dry eye symptoms in children: can we reliably measure them? Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 2020 Nov 22.
    • Chidi-Egboka NC, et al. Dry eye symptoms in children: Can we reliably measure them? Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2020; 61(7), 121-121.
    • Golebiowski B, et al. Smartphone Use and Effects on Tear Film, Blinking and Binocular Vision. Current Eye Research, 2020; 45(4), 428-434.
    • Trinh M, et al. Macula Ganglion Cell Thickness Changes Display Location-Specific Variation Patterns in Intermediate Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2020;61(3):2.
    • Trinh M, et al. Modelling normal age-related changes in individual retinal layers using location-specific OCT analysis. [accepted 2020 Scientific Reports].
    • Luu W et al. A holistic model of low vision care for improving vision-related quality of life. Clin Exp Optom. 2020;103(6):733-41.
    • Kim J, Luu W, et al Multisensory integration and the experience of scene instability, presence and cybersickness in virtual environments. Comp Hum Behav. 2020;113:106484.
    • Chen E, Luu W, et al. Virtual reality improves clinical assessment of the optic nerve. Front virtual real. 2020;1.

    Travel grants

    • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) International Travel Grant, ARVO Baltimore, 2020 (Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang, Vincent Khou)
    • Ezell Fellowship Travel Grant Award for 2020 ARVO, Baltimore (Revathy Mani and Rajendra Gyawali)
    • Conference Registration Support, GRC, Italy, 16-21, February 2020 (Gauri Shrestha)
    • UNSW Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) to attend ARVO 2020, Baltimore (Ngozi Chidi-Egboka)

    Awards

    • 2020 William C. Ezell (Rod Tahran / Essilor) Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (Rabia Mobeen)
    • Faculty of Science Writing Scholarships (Karen Lahav Yacouel, Divya Ashari Kandy)
    • NSW Branch Scholarship for Australian Public Health Conference 2020, Public Health Association of Australia; (Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang)
    • Best presentation in Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Science 1 Minute Thesis Competition and Postgraduate Showcase, UNSW Sydney; (Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang)
    • Best presentation in the Annual Postgraduate Conference, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney (Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang)
    • 2020 UNSW Arc Postgraduate Outstanding Higher Degree Research Student Award & 2020 HDR Thesis Completion Scholarship Award (Revathy Mani, Sidra Sarwat)
    • 2020 OSA Student Award Finalist (Nahida Akter)
    • Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry (Gauri S Shrestha, Melinda Toomey, Fatima Iqbal, Ngozi C. Chidi-Egboka)
    • Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award from American Academy of Optometry Foundation (2020) (Sidra Sarwat)
    • Dorothy Carlborg CCLSA Research Award 2020 (Fatima Iqbal)
    • Faculty of Science, Equity Diversity and Inclusion Award 2020 (Fatima Iqbal, Eman Alzghoul, Ashleigh Chandra)

    Other achievements

    • U21 Global Citizenship, Common Purpose & Universitas 21, 2020 (Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang, Revathy Mani, Rajendra Gyawali, Fatima Iqbal, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, Binod Raymajhee, Gauri  Shrestha, Wilson Luu)
    • Selected for 2020 ARVO Mentorship Programme (Revathy Mani, Sidra Sarwat)
    • ACO Certificate in Public Health and Leadership in Eyecare (Melinda Toomey)
    • Collaborative research grant from the University Grants Commission (UGC), Nepal for project on COVID 19. Role: Co-PI (Binod Rayamajhee) 
    • International Conference Organizing Committee Member, Society for Applied Microbiology, U.K. (Binod Rayamajhee) 
    • Little sister, NSW Women in Life Sciences, AusBiotech and Medicines Australia 2020 (Ngozi Chidi-Egboka)
    • Mentee, UNSW International Student & Alumni Mentor Network 2020 (Fatima Iqbal, Ngozi Chidi-Egboka)
    • HDR Peer Mentoring Program by Graduate Research School (Fatima Iqbal)
    • Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) (Mentee) (Azadeh Tavakoli)
    • UNSW Professional Development Program (Azadeh Tavakoli)   

    Events

    UNSW Faculty of Science One-minute thesis: 10 students participated in the faculty-wide one-minute thesis. The school’s winner was Jeremy Chiang (pictured below).

    The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS): provides PhD student mentees the opportunity to increase their understanding of the industry sector, strengthen their skills to be successful within any part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including health and medicine sector, and extend their professional network in a one-year industry mentoring program. (Azadeh Tavakoli, Zahra Tajbakhsh, Rabia Mobeen, Madeeha Afzal)

    Postgraduate club

    Postgrad club continues to run weekly on Thursday's from 4-5PM. We started the year with face-to-face sessions but moved to virtual sessions in March 2020. This meant that our students currently overseas could also attend. A wide range of fantastic speakers and topics have been presented there this year including:

    • How to answer questions following an academic presentation: Maria Markoulli
    • Postgraduate fellowships: Mark Willcox
    • The state of global eye health: Judith Stern
    • Monthly statistical workshops: Nancy Briggs
    • Pre-Beginner's Mini-Workshop on Monte Carlo Simulation: Arthur Ho
    • Pitching your ideas to industry: Peter Simmons
    • Xcel for postgrads: Fabian Conrad
    • Studying overseas: Simin Masoudi
    • UNSW entrepreneurial initiative for PhD candidates: Dina Titkova and Melissa Pye
    • Coffee with an academic: Sieu Khuu, Fiona Stapleton, Mark Willcox, Isabelle Jalbert, Nicole Carnt, Craig Woods
    • How to prepare a CV and cover letter: Vanessa Bakhos
    • The importance and how-to of document, thesis and ppt slide formatting: Fabian Conrad
    • Data visualization, data transformation, choice of statistical tests, statistical model building: Thomas John Navidulath
    • 10 tips for structuring papers: Judith Flanagan
    • How to use R: Jerome Ozkan
    • Building a research career and making choices that lead down the pathway of success: Konrad Pesudovs
    • How to use twitter: Nicola Kapo
    • How to gain new skills post PhD: Ling Lee
    • How to use Endnote: Alex Hui
    • Ethical research: Leonne Thompson
    • Ethical publishing: Ari Grant
    • Tracking your research with Publons: Vincent Khou
    • Welcome to Medicine: Vlado Perkovic
    • What I wish I knew before starting my PhD: Jessie Huang and Divya Ashari Kandy
    • ROC analysis: Nancy Briggs
    • How to manage your supervisor: Fiona Stapleton
    • How to review a paper: Eric Papas

    We thank all those who volunteered their time to present at our Postgrad Club.

    Annual Postgraduate Conference

    The 2020 annual postgraduate conference was held on 10-14 August 2020 at UNSW Sydney. Thirty-four students presented their research findings across a range of topics including public health, myopia and glaucoma studies, dry eye disease, systemic disease and the eye, and a total of 41 were interviewed as part of the review process. The reviews are always a great opportunity to find out the array of research currently being undertaken by research students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Many thanks to the following members of the School of Optometry and Vision Science community who served as panellists:

    • Eric Papas
    • Mark Willcox
    • Jackie Tan
    • David Pye
    • Nina Tahhan
    • Judith Flanagan
    • Barbara Zangerl
    • Lisa Nivison-Smith
    • Ajay Vijay
    • Vinod Maseedupally
    • Simin Masoudi
    • Pauline Kang
    • Isabelle Jalbert

    Congratulations to the following students for their awards during the conference:

    • Photo competition winner: Hari Peguda, Title: Amoeba love
    • Highly recommended image: Rajendra Gyawali, Title: Barriers to diabetic eye care
    • Video competition winner: Nahida Akter, Title: 3D ONH Large Vascular Anatomy
    • Best presentation: Jeremy Chiang

    New postgraduate representatives

    This year we thanked Wilson Luu, Rabia Mobeen and Nicole Liu for their service as postgraduate representatives and welcomed Hari Peguda, Rajendra Gyawali, Praveen Bandela and Wilson Luu (reinstated) as the incoming representatives.

    MPhil

    In 2020 the School of Optometry and Vision Science enrolled its first MPhil students. The MPhil is a 1.5 year degree that incorporates coursework and a research project. The completion of an MPhil equates to honours equivalency. Learn more about our postgraduate program.

    Associate Professor Maria Markoulli
    Director of Postgraduate Research

    Dr Anne Barnes
    Teaching Support Officer

    Rajendra Gyawali
    Postgraduate Research Student Representative

  • Postgraduate success

    Thesis submissions and awards

    • Thesis submissions: Agnes Choi, Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan, Deepak Bagga, Memoona Arshad, Shyam Tummanapalli, Jessie Huang, Archana Boga, Muhammad Yasir
    • PhD awards: Dr Dinesh Subedi, Dr Tiong Peng Yap, Dr Ganesh Jonnadula, Dr Ephrem Sitiwin, Dr Aryati Yashadhana, Dr Terry Ho
    • MSc (Research) awards: Sidra Sarwat, Thomas Eze

    Conferences

    • 11 students attended the 2019 the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference in Florida
    • Nine students attended the 2019 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) conference in Vancouver

    Papers  

    • Azadeh Tavakoli, first author, The Case for a More Holistic Approach to Dry Eye Disease: Is It Time to Move beyond Antibiotics? Antibiotics 2019, 8, 88.
    • Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, first author, Contact lens discomfort in children: Is this a looming epidemic and will we be able to measure it? 20th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Contact Lens Research, Singapore, 2019.
    • Ngozi, Chidi-Egboka, first author, The ocular surface in children: A review of current knowledge and meta-analysis of tear film stability and tear secretion in children. Ocul Surf. 2019 Jan;17(1):28-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jtos.2018.09.006. Epub 2018 Sep 30. Review. PubMed PMID: 30282048.  
    • Rajendra Gyawali, first author Clinical record keeping in glaucoma. MiVision 2019 (March); 143: 51-56. 
    • Melinda Toomey, 2nd author, Clinical record keeping in glaucoma. MiVision 2019 (March); 143: 51-56. 

    Travel grants

    • Ngozi Chidi-Egboka: Travel award for presentation at the 20th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR), Singapore, August 2019
    • Rabia Mobeen: ISCLR Hikaru Hamano Travel Fellowship Travel award for presentation at the International Society of Contact Lens Research 2019
    • Rabia Mobeen: Student travel fellowship, American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF)
    • Revathy Mani: Travel grant for American Academy of Optometry
    • Shyam Tummanapalli: Travel grant to attend the International Society for Contact Lens Research Scientific (ISCLR) Meeting, Singapore 2019
    • Shyam Tummanapalli: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation travel grant

    Awards

    • Azadeh Tavakoli received the Dorothy Carlborg CCLSA Research Award
    • Rabia Mobeen received the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Award, American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF)
    • Rajendra Gyawali and Revathy Mani – William C. Ezell Fellowship Award, American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF)
    • Divya Jagadeesh, shortlisted as a finalist for the NSW International Student of the Year Award
    • Karen Lahav Yacouel and Sidra Sarwat – Science Student Equity Diversity and Inclusion Award

    Events

    • Postgraduate Research Showcase: We had 10 students present at the one-minute thesis competition. Students had to present their research in one minute in an entertaining and informative way to a wide audience.  Melinda Toomey won the best entrant for the School and Nahida Akter won a best poster prize.
    • Big Science Data Seminar: A morning spent with Associate Professor Raymond Wong Simin Yin and Dr Emmanuel Blanch presenting on how data science can help you to be a more efficient researcher.

    Postgraduate Club

    Postgrad club continues to run weekly on Thursday's from 10.00 -11.00am. A wide range of fantastic speakers and topics have been presented there this year including:

    Annual Postgraduate Conference

    The 2019 annual postgraduate conference was held on 19-23 August 2019 at UNSW Sydney. 22 students presented their research findings across a range of topics including public health, myopia and glaucoma studies, dry eye disease, systemic disease and the eye. The reviews are always a great opportunity to find out the array of research currently being undertaken by research students at SOVS.  

    PhD opportunities

    Are you interested in undertaking postgraduate research? Our school offers a structured postgraduate program consisting of in-house research seminars, developing students’ methodological, statistical and research skills, and access to the internationally recognised researchers, who provide their expertise, knowledge, advice and guidance. You can learn more about our postgraduate program here: