Nomination Rules and Criteria


The Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE Award recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program.


The award will be a medallion and awarded at the AOA House of Delegates at Optometry's MeetingTM. The winner will also receive a $1,000 travel grant.  

Judging and Selection

Members of the InfantSEE and Children's Vision Committee will select the award recipient.   


  • Nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE® Award may be submitted by InfantSEE State Advocates (ISA), any member or faculty of the AOA, AOSA, Schools & Colleges of optometry, AOA Committees, Councils, Sections, Groups, AFOS, Affiliated associations and societies, and other optometric organizations.
  • Nominees must be doctors of optometry who meet the criteria established for the Award.  


All nominations to the Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr., InfantSEE Award should conform to the following requirements:

  • Nominations are to be submitted electronically through the nomination form. 
  • A typed written statement not to exceed 1,500 words, should accompany the official nomination form. This statement should amplify and substantiate the reasons why the nominee should be considered for recognition. It should explain the nature of the individual's public service/contribution for InfantSEE.
  • A brief typewritten biographical sketch
  • Please note that the winner of the award will be asked to provide a current (head and shoulders) photograph for publicity.

Criteria  Nominees will be evaluated for achievement according to a point system allocated to two principles:  

Service to InfantSEE (75 pt maximum)

Contributions of personal effort and time in the public/community with InfantSEE in such areas as:

  • An active InfantSEE provider in good standing as of January 1, 2019
  • Presenter or enrollee in continuing education specializing in eye and vision care of the infant population within the past three years.
  • Provide at least 2 examples of community outreach regarding InfantSEE and be able to share results  

Service to Optometry and Special Service (25 point maximum)

Involvement on behalf of the profession of optometry, in such areas as:

  • Leadership roles within the profession
  • Contributions of personal effort and time with interprofessional health care organizations, military service, committees, boards or groups
  • Contributions of personal effort and time with professional organizations, committees, boards or groups outside of the health care area
  • AOA member in good standing