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Postgraduate travel grant applications open for Victorian students


Adela Park (right) received Optometry Victoria’s 2017 international postgraduate travel grant
Photo courtesy of Brian Dilg



By Rhiannon Riches
Communications Manager

Optometry Victoria is offering two postgraduate travel grants in 2018 – one national grant of $500, and one international grant of $1,000 – to PhD optometry students.

Applicants must be a member of Optometry Victoria. Applications close Monday 5 March 2018.

Postgraduate student member So Yun (Adela) Park was the successful recipient of Optometry Victoria’s 2017 international postgraduate travel grant. Adela travelled to the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) in Berlin in August, where she had been accepted for a poster presentation.

Adela’s research investigates the effect perceptual stabilization of small, involuntary eye movements has on perceptual grouping (the process involved in the grouping of visual information). The need for mechanisms that achieve perceptual stability is taken by most scientists as being self-evident, but direct evidence to suggest this is so, is currently lacking.

‘The understanding of the perceptual effects of involuntary eye movements is critical in our understanding of vision in general, with crucial implications for neural coding, visual awareness, and perception in normal and pathological vision,’ Adela said.

‘This was my first time at an international conference, so I was quite nervous before my poster session. However, I had some great discussions and had a steady stream of people come to my poster and ask questions about my research,’ Adela said.

‘One of the best parts about attending an international conference was meeting researchers from all over the world. It was also really wonderful to speak to some famous scientists whom I had only come across from reading seminal papers in my research area,’ Adela said.

‘Receiving funding and having the support of the association has been amazing. The grant meant that I could also fit in some other scholarly activities on top of attending ECVP, including giving a presentation on my research to the Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Hamburg,’ she said.

Adela practiced as an optometrist with the Australian College of Optometry from 2011 to 2016, has been a tutor at Deakin University and a pre-clinical demonstrator at the University of Melbourne. She currently practices as a locum optometrist for the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Optometry Victoria’s postgraduate travel grant is an annual, competitive award that assists the successful members to meet the costs of travel to attend domestic or overseas conferences.

For more information, including an application form, visit Optometry Victoria’s website.

Republished with the permission of Optometry Victoria.


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