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Envision Launches Global Search for Next Research Fellows

July 17, 2015
Envision announced that it has initiated a search for two additional postdoctoral research fellows to design and execute research projects in conjunction with the Envision Research Institute (ERI), launched earlier this year. 

The new fellows will be sponsored by sister blind and visually impaired agencies Bosma Enterprises, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer and provider of job training, employment services, rehabilitation and outreach for those who are blind and visually impaired, and LC Industries, Inc., the Durhan, N.C.-based manufacturer of Skilcraft-brand products and operator of distribution centers and retail stores on military bases. 

“Research is a critical component of the Envision mission,” said Heather Hogan, Senior Vice President of Foundation and Mission Services. “We are endeavoring to foster research that addresses practical issues in the clinical treatment and rehabilitation of those who have low vision or blindness. We are proud to be creating the opportunity for two more studies to begin, and grateful to Bosma Enterprises and LC Industries, two other key players in the BVI community, for sponsoring these projects and offering to aid in the search for our new fellows.”

“At Bosma Enterprises, we aim to provide opportunities for freedom, independence and self-determination for individuals who are blind or visually impaired,” said Bosma President and CEO Lou Moneymaker. “By sponsoring Envision’s fellowship program, we’re aligning our shared mission to provide a better quality of life for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.” 

“We work to provide meaningful opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired or differently-abled, and we’re proud to work with partners like Envision to create avenues toward a better quality of life,” said Bill Hudson, President of LC Industries. “By investing in the work of the Envision Research institute, we’re investing in the future success of our employees and all individuals who are blind or visually impaired.” 

ERI Research Fellows will work on their respective studies for up to two years, partnering with mentors at Envision and at renowned educational, research and medical institutions around the world. Their work puts them on a fast track to independent and impactful research careers, and provides a nurturing environment in which they can strive to pinpoint solutions to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. 

“The Envision Fellowship Program offers post-doctoral candidates the chance to advance both their studies and their careers. In addition to classic training in research methods and scientific writing, fellows are immersed in Envision’s programs and services, witnessing first-hand the challenges faced by the BVI community and the approaches that currently exist to address them,” said Laura Walker, Ph.D., Executive Director of the ERI. “At ERI, fellows have the unique opportunity to pursue independent research, while experiencing how their science can have an impact on the lives of those who are visually impaired.”

Further information on the Envision Research Institute and its Fellowship program can be found at www.envisionus.com/Research-Continuing-Education/Envision-Research-Institute.

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