American Optometric Student Association

University of Waterloo students at the Varilux Student Bowl
The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) represents over 6,700 students attending the 25 schools and colleges of optometry throughout Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico. AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public. AOSA hosts a Trade Show every year where you can interact and network with different members in the industry. As well, AOSA hosts the annual Quiz Bowl competition where classmates test their optometric knowledge. Every year, the winner of Quiz Bowl will represent the University of Waterloo in the Varilux Student Bowl at the American Optometric Association’s annual Optometry’s Meeting. AOSA also offers travel grants to students who are interested in going to this conference!

If you are interested in becoming an AOSA member, please email us or talk to one of uWaterloo AOSA execs.

Executive positions


Plans the annual Trade Show, organizes membership benefits and registration, manages travel grants, as well as represents UW at Optometry’s Meeting in June. Starts as Trustee-Elect.


Plans the annual Info Night in September and the uWaterloo Quiz Bowl. Also represents UW at Optometry’s Meeting, and shares many financial responsibilities with the Trustee. The Trustee-Elect will take over the Trustee position.  

Internal Director

Responsible for dealing with internal affairs, such as emails, organizing social media pages and events, and keeping meeting minutes.

External Director

Responsible for dealing with external affairs, such as touching base with pre-optometry clubs, communicating with other school clubs and associations, as well as making in-class announcements.