Katie Collins '21 Named as a Marshall Scholarship Recipient

Katie Collins running towards the finish line at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
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(Information was used from the MIT News Office Story published on December 7, 2020)

Cambridge, Mass. (December 10) -- MIT cross country/track and field senior Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship and will begin graduate studies in the United Kingdom next fall. The MIT seniors were selected through a rigorous national process that evaluates applicants on the basis of academic merit, leadership, and ambassadorial potential.

Funded by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship provides exceptional American students with the opportunity to pursue two years of advanced study in any field at any university in the U.K. Up to 50 Marshall Scholars are selected each year from a pool of over 1,000 applicants.

A native of Newton, Mass., Collins is majoring in brain and cognitive sciences (BCS) with minors in computer science and biomedical engineering. For her first year as a Marshall Scholar, she will complete an MPhil in machine learning and machine intelligence at Cambridge University, followed by an MS in mind, language, and embedded cognition at the University of Edinburgh in her second year. Collins aspires to a future career as a professor, leading a lab at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. She plans to continue spearheading efforts to bring more women and young girls into computer science. 

Collins was named a Goldwater Scholar and a Johnson and Johnson Research Scholar, and has won awards for academic achievement from the BCS department. She has been working on several projects at the cusp of cognitive sciences, computation, and biomedicine. With Professor Josh Tenenbaum at the MIT Computational Cognitive Science group, Collins is building computational models to reverse-engineer how humans make inferences about their environment. She has also co-developed deep learning frameworks for the design of medical diagnostics with Professor Tim Lu of the MIT Synthetic Biology Center and in her internships at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Athletically, Collins has earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has earned All-American honors in both cross country and track and field. In addition, she is a four-time track and field NCAA qualifier, a former New England D3 indoor champion in the 5,000 meters and a three-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer in cross country. Academically, Collins was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honoree in 2020 and is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection between the two sports.

She is the founder and co-president of MITxHarvard Women in Artificial Intelligence and a research editor at the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal. She also serves on the Dean's Action Group on Social and Ethical Computing, and the MIT Undergraduate Innovation Committee.

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