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Salisbury Student Wins $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 1:08 PM -04:00 Updated:
Marvin Li, 2018 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Marvin Li, 2018 Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Salisbury, Md.– A 15-year-old from Salisbury, Maryland was honored with a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his project out of only 20 in the whole country.

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development honored only 20 students across the country and Salisbury native, 15-year-old Marvin Li is one of them. Li won a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his project, A Support Vector Machine for Satellite Remote Sending of Optically Complex Coastal Waters.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named a Davidson Fellow," said Li. “This fellowship encourages me to continue to pursue the challenging problems we’re facing in environmental science.”

Sound management of the coastal zone requires comprehensive and constant monitoring of the water quality and ecosystem productivity in coastal waters. Using the Chesapeake Bay as a study site, Li used advanced machine learning tools to develop a new algorithm for satellite remote sensing of coastal waters. Satellite remote sensing can also be used to detect and monitor harmful algal blooms in estuaries and coastal waters and can monitor water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay using satellite remote sensing. With further testing and validation, the algorithm can be applied to coastal waters worldwide.

Li, a rising sophomore at James M. Bennett High School, hopes to major in computer science and minor in environmental science. Aside from his passion for all things related to science, Li is an avid fencer and pianist. 

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided more than $7.5 million in scholarship funds to more than 300 students since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report.

Li, along with the other 2018 Davidson Fellows, will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 28.

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