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Two CREWS undergraduate students nominated for national Goldwater Scholarship

18/01/22 by madison
CREWS undergraduate students Maddie Torrey, left, and Shannon Hamp, right, begin the process of packing up the drone after a flight on the Upper Clark Fork River in July 2021.

Two undergraduate students working on the CREWS project in Dr. Joe Shaw's lab at Montana State University (MSU) have been selected as MSU nominees for the national Goldwater Scholarship that recognizes undergraduates who show exceptional promise of becoming our Nation’s next generation of research leaders. Shannon Hamp is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Madison Torrey is majoring in Environmental Engineering. Shannon has worked in Dr. Shaw's research group since coming to MSU as a freshman and is now working on the development of a low-cost spectral imager to supplement drone-based hyperspectral imaging for the detection and mapping of river algae. Madison began working with Dr. Shaw's group in summer 2021 as an intern in the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program before transferring to MSU in Fall 2021. She is exploring relationships between drone-acquired hyperspectral images and in-situ river sensor data.