May 26, 2021
Jelly awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – 26 May 2021 – Evan Jelly has been awarded a 2021 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. Jelly is a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate at Duke University (USA), working in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Wax. Jelly’s current research focuses on developing imaging tools for general surgery based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Using modern cost-saving approaches to OCT, Jelly’s work has demonstrated high clinical performance at low costs, which he hopes will significantly improve surgical outcomes while expanding access to the technology in low-resource settings. “Aside from research, I am active in scientific outreach and public policy initiatives focusing on promoting optics and photonics research,” said Jelly.
In 2021, the Society is awarding $298,000 in education scholarships to 78 outstanding SPIE student members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Kate Medicus. Through 2020, SPIE has distributed over $6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.