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Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

Optical Society of America/International Society of Optical Engineering


Term: 2007-2008
Audrey Ellerbee

Audrey Ellerbee graduated from Princeton with a B.S.E. in electrical engineering in 2001; she received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2007. A recipient of the Duke University Scholar Award, which recognizes incoming graduate students with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, Audrey's research interests are in biomedical optics. : While at Duke, she worked on a new optical technology to study embryonic heart development in small animals.

Prior to arriving at Duke, Audrey spent one year teaching in the Department of Infocommunications Technology at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore through the Princeton-in-Asia program. At Duke, Audrey was the 2006-2007 president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, and was a concurrent member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, the President's Council on Black Affairs, and the Board of Trustees' Committee on Institutional Advancement, among a host of other committee appointments, community service, and leadership roles. These experiences have contributed greatly to her interest in understanding the process by which legislation becomes policy and in understanding its role in effecting change in society.

Recently, Audrey received the Golden Torch Award for Graduate Student of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers in recognition of her academic achievement and service to the university community. Outside of her co-curricular pursuits, Audrey is an avid linguist, Latin dancer, roller skater and world traveler.