MSU student wins Marshall scholarship | MSU Today


Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald, a senior Honors College specializing in computer science at the College of Engineering, and advanced mathematics and statistics at the College of Natural Science, has been appointed Marshall Scholar.

McDonald is Michigan State University’s 19th Marshall Fellow.

This year, 41 Marshall Fellows were selected from among 1,000 applicants from 33 institutions. Almost a third of participating institutions come from state or public universities. the Marshall Commission provides support for up to 50 of the nation’s most outstanding undergraduates to study at any UK university. The Marshall Scholarships pay tuition and tuition fees, personal travel, book allowances, and a living allowance for up to three years of study.

McDonald was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship and a Faculty Assistant position from Honors College. As a member of the D-CYPHER lab, he developed machine learning-based algorithms to control and coordinate multi-robot systems used in environmental sensing applications, receiving the Goldwater Fellowship in 2021 in recognition of his contributions. McDonald’s currently is Pang-Ning’s research assistant in the DMiner Research Lab and is a senior mentor for computer outreach programs including Spartan Girls Who Code and Technovation.

“It is an incredible honor to be named the Marshall Fellow and an incredible privilege to share this honor with the team of mentors, friends and family who stand behind me. I look forward to pursuing a joint MRes + PhD in AI for the study of environmental risks at the University of Cambridge, where I will advance research at the intersection of machine learning and climate science to inform current and future climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. I would like to thank my research mentors, Dr Pang-Ning Tan and Dr Vaibhav Srivastava; my outreach mentors, Laura Dillon and Teresa Isela Vandersloot; my teacher mentor Sebnem Onsay; my academic mentors Abdol Esfahanian, Jiayu Zhou, Jeanette McGuire and Jake Kasper; and the many others who have been instrumental in my educational journey here at Michigan State University. Most importantly, I would like to thank my parents, Maura and Mike McDonald, and my sister, Erin McDonald, for their unconditional love and support, ”said McDonald.

Andrew is originally from Hudson, Ohio and graduated from Hudson High School.

“Andrew is a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award. He is a remarkable young scholar who has one of the sharpest minds I have encountered. The award is a testament to his exceptional academic record and his ability to balance rigorous academic demand with service to his community. The growth I have seen in him as a young researcher over the past year has convinced me that he has the technical ability, work ethic and dedication to become a future leading leader in his field. domain, ”Pang-Ning said.

McDonald plans to pursue joint MRes + doctorate in AI for the study of environmental risks at Cambridge University .

“Andrew McDonald is a wonderful representative of the academic excellence cultivated in the State of Michigan,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD “I know all Spartans join me with great pride in the congratulate as 19e Scholar Marshall. “

“The breadth and depth of Andrew McDonald’s academic accomplishments as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University confirms how much he deserves this prestigious award and opportunity,” said Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph. D. “We wish Andrew all the best in his next academic pursuit at Cambridge University.”

“Andrew demonstrates a sustained and deep commitment to scholarship and leadership, and is passionate about making a difference in the challenge of solving climate change. It is intended to advance the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. I join with his mentors and family in congratulating him on this exceptional achievement, ”said Christopher P. Long, Dean of Honors College and the College of Arts and Letters.

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