PKG Alum, Anushree Chaudhuri Named a 2024 Marshall Scholar!
Anushree was a summer 2021 Social Impact Intern and participated in the DUSP-PKG Fellowship program. Read more about their intern experience here!
Anushree Chaudhuri and Rupert Li have won Marshall Scholarships, a prestigious British government-funded fellowship that offers exceptional American students the opportunity to pursue several years of graduate study in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. Up to 50 scholarships are awarded each year by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.
The students were advised and supported by the distinguished fellowships team, led by Associate Dean Kim Benard in Career Advising and Professional Development. They also received mentorship from the Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships, co-chaired by professors Will Broadhead and Nancy Kanwisher.
“The MIT students who applied for this year’s Marshall Scholarship embody that combination of intellectual prowess, hard work, and civic-mindedness that characterizes the Institute at its best,” says Broadhead. “These students are truly amazing! The thoughtfulness and optimism they demonstrated throughout the months-long exercise in critical reflection and personal growth that the application process demands impressed and inspired us all. On behalf of the Distinguished Fellowships Committee, Nancy and I are thrilled to extend our warmest congratulations to Anushree and Rupert and our very best wishes as they take their richly deserved places in the Marshall Scholar community.”
Anushree Chaudhuri from San Diego, California, will graduate next spring with bachelor’s degrees in urban studies and planning and economics and a master’s in city planning. As a Marshall Scholar, she plans to pursue an MPhil/PhD in environmental policy and development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In the future, Chaudhuri hopes to work across the public and private sectors to drive structural changes that connect global environmental challenges to local community contexts.
Since 2021, Chaudhuri has worked with Professor Larry Susskind in the Science Impact Collaborative to study local responses to large-scale renewable energy projects. This past summer, she traveled around California to document the experiences of rural and Indigenous communities most directly affected by energy transitions.
Chaudhuri has also worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Wildlife Fund, and an environmental, social, and governance investing startup, as well as with several groups at MIT including the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Solutions Initiative, and the Climate and Sustainability Consortium. She represented MIT as an undergraduate delegate to the United Nations COP27.
On campus, Chaudhuri co-leads the Student Sustainability Coalition, an umbrella organization for student sustainability groups. She has previously served as chair of Undergraduate Association Sustainability; a co-lead of the student campaign to revise MIT’s Fast Forward Climate Action Plan; judicial chair of Burton-Conner House; and as a representative on several campus committees, including the Corporation Joint Advisory Committee. She also loves to sing and write.
In 2023, Chaudhuri was named a Udall Scholar and an MIT Burchard Scholar. By taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines law, planning, economics, participatory research, and data science, she is committed to a public service career addressing social and climate injustices.