OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

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Recent Announcements

2019 OPERF/ABC Student Awards
for Academic Achievement Announced

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement.

Each of the following students will receive a $1,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement in their respective orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) education programs:

Nicolette Chamberlain-Simon

Nicolette Chamberlain-Simon
Northwestern University

Myrriah Laine Dyreson

Myrriah Laine Dyreson
Concordia University

Katelyn Kahle

Katelyn Kahle
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Daicy Luo

Daicy Luo
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Noah Molter

Noah Molter
Eastern Michigan University

Ashley Ronvik

Ashley Ronvik
Northwestern University

Kimberly Rowe

Kimberly Rowe
University of Washington

Emily Shannon

Emily Shannon
University of Pittsburgh

Conrad Slater

Conrad Slater
University of Washington

Cas Weston

Cas Weston
University of Texas Southwestern

We would like to congratulate the recipients and thank everyone who applied for the 2019 OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement,” said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF Board of Directors. “The OPERF Board also extends its appreciation to all those who served as application reviewers for award submissions, as well as all the individuals, companies, and organizations within the O&P profession who continue to support these programs through their generous donations.

The OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement in Orthotics & Prosthetics supports students who are currently enrolled in an O&P education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and who have completed at least one semester toward their degree. Each year, up to 10 eligible students receive a $1,000 cash award.

Selection of OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement award recipients is merit-based.

2019 OPERF/ABC
Resident Travel Award Recipients

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 OPERF/ABC Resident Travel Award.

Each awardee was selected for their National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) residency project and will receive a $2,500 cash prize to attend the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) 2020 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, March 4–7, to present their research.

Landon Davis, MSPO

Landon Davis, MSPO
Northwestern University

DIRECTED STUDY: Initial Development and Testing of a Novel, Low-Cost Prosthetic Socket to be Used in Low-income Areas with Limited Resources

Brian Kerns, MSPO

Brian Kerns, MSPO
Baylor College of Medicine

DIRECTED STUDY: Testing Durability of 3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets Using Dye Penetrant Testing

Joey Zisk, MSPO

Joey Zisk, MSPO
Northwestern University

DIRECTED STUDY: Effect of Prosthetic Ankle-Foot Repositioning on Transtibial Socket Pressures during Incline Walking

The OPERF/ABC Resident Travel Award Program supports prosthetic and orthotic residents’ travel to the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium so that they may present their NCOPE directed study report or project. Up to four $2,500 travel awards are given annually.

OPERF is grateful to ABC for its sponsorship of this award and partnership in investing in future O&P practitioners,” said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF board of directors. “The OPERF board of directors would also like to extend its appreciation to all those who served as clinical and scientific reviewers for this year’s submissions. Their guidance and support ensure that all applicants receive constructive feedback to help them grow further in their research interest endeavors.