CSE Student named as a 2012 Goldwater Scholar

Mairin Chesney, a sophomore in Computer Science has been named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar. Chesney combined her love of computer science and biology while working with Charles Ofria in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action Center. She has also collaborated with fellow undergraduate students to design a joint oral presentation and research poster that won first prize at the Michigan Celebration for Women in Computing Conference.

Chesney's passion for digital evolution grew from her fascination with how simple computer programs could exhibit many characteristics of life and the abundance of unexplored areas in which to add new relevant functionality to a digital system. It is because of the many fundamental evolutionary questions that remain unanswered that Chesney plans to obtain a doctorate in computer science and pursue a research career in computational biology.

(Date Posted: 2012-03-28)