2019 Student Highlights


Thursday, June 20

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXVIII powered by Essilor


College rivalries take center stage as 25 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the 28th Annual AOSA Optometry Student BowlTM powered by Essilor. The high-speed, high-stakes test of optometric knowledge pits one champion from each school against all others, poised to buzz in with the right answer and bring home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy. Second- and third-place winners take home $750 and $500 respectively.

Student BowlStudent Bowl

The equally celebrated Spirit Award honors the school with the most energy, best costumes and flashiest entrance-students ramp up for the must-attend event by putting together costumes, props and signs to cheer on their champion.   Everyone is invited to the Student Bowl and the reception that immediately follows. Keep the energy flowing and party with your peers at the reception while you enjoy great food, drinks and warm camaraderie.  

The Student Bowl will take place at The Pageant. Check it out: 

Friday, June 21

AOSA/AOA+ Future OD LunchOpen to all students!


eyeFWD Student Education Sponsored by Luxottica


Students must attend the Welcome session and two of the modules to receive a wristband for Luxottica Live!



Choose Your Own Adventure:




Luxottica Live!


Luxottica Live! is always one of the most anticipated student events at Optometry's Meeting, and this year will be no exception. Join fellow students at the Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch Brewery for fun, food, famous Clydesdales, and, of course, Budweiser! Transportation is not provided.

Sponsored by Luxottica

AOSA Sunglass Sale Benefiting One Sight and Optometry Cares®

Sponsored by Luxottica


 AOA+ Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

AOA+ Leadership Link

Thursday 12-1pm

Friday 8-9am

Saturday 8-9am

Leadership Link is a networking program designed to help students and new doctors make the transition from optometry student or recent graduate into the role as doctor of optometry. This is an exclusive opportunity to network, ask questions and learn from the profession's leaders.

AOA+ Keynote Speaker

Friday 10:30am-12pm

Johnny Cupcakes

CEO, Johnny Cupcakes | Award Winning Entrepreneur & Brand Hysteria Expert  

Johnny Cupcakes

If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty-the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos-Johnny Cupcakes is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny's known for helping other people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.   Johnny was named America's #1 Young Entrepreneur by Business Week, Top Innovator in Retail by The Boston Globe, and featured in INC magazine as the CEO of one of theworld's fastest growing independent businesses.

Through his talks and creative consulting, Johnny has shared his strategies with clients that include Apple, L'Oreal, Disney, IBM, Audi, Harvard University, Wieden+Kennedy, Marriott, and P&G. Also a TEDx speaker, Johnny has been featured in media such as MTV, NPR, Forbes, WIRED, Newsweek, and as a case study in several branding and business books. Find your way into his pop-up "bakery" afterward.

AOA+ T-shirt Pop-Up Shop in the Exhibit Hall

Friday 12-2pm

AOA+ Pop-Up Sessions

Friday 1-4pm

NEW! An AOA+ Residency and State Affiliate Summit will be a part of the AOA+ Pop-Ups at #OM2019! Visit with residency directors and learn about the countless opportunities.

Friday 2pm, 2:40pm, 3:20pm

Saturday 8am, 8:40am, 9:20am

AOA+ Pop-Up sessions are not the typical education courses students and new doctors are receiving in the classroom. Pop-Ups are fast-paced, interactive and diverse, designed to keep attendees engaged, motivated and excited about the future of their profession. Topics range from business acumen and becoming an advocate to much-sought-after hands-on workshops.