Honors and Awards

Degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude

Students who have achieved academic distinction in their professional studies may be eligible to receive the Doctor of Optometry degree cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. The general standards for awarding these degrees are described in the section Graduation with Honors in the Student Handbook.


The following awards are generally announced and presented each Spring Semester before commencement exercises:

Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal

This medal is awarded each year to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest cumulative point-hour ratio on work completed in the College of Optometry.

James Bing Memorial Award

The Bing Memorial Award was established by the Ohio State Optometric Association to recognize a student for outstanding work in visual perception. Students who compete for the prize must submit a paper describing an original study related to visual perception.

Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award

This award is supported by an endowment fund established by his friends and family. It is presented to a senior student in optometry who has published a paper on original research in physiological optics or optometry.