July 28, 2014
Bullock, Konopka Receive NCAA Postgrad Scholarships
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Recent MIT alums Justin Bullock '14 (Detroit, Mich.) and Jaclyn Konopka '14 (Novi, Mich.), who competed for the men's and women's track and field teams, were both awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a grant worth $7,500 for postgraduate study.
Bullock ran cross-country and track for four years and was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award Finalist this past spring. He won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 1,500m in 2013 and 2014. On December 1, 2012, Bullock placed third in the 3,000m at the Jay Carisella Track and Field Invitational with a time of 8:19.12, breaking the MIT varsity record of 8:20:69 set by Ben Schmeckpeper '05 in 2005.
Off the track, Bullock majored in chemical engineering with a concentration in Spanish language and literature. He has done research in two labs, co-authored a paper and volunteered at a hospital in Mexico.
Konopka concluded her four-year career with back-to-back Academic All-America honors and as a varsity record holder in the heptathlon, pentathlon and high jump. She was an NCAA qualifier in the 100m hurdles, pentathlon and 4x100. She earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors in the 100m hurdles and Academic All-Conference accolades this past season.
A brain and cognitive sciences major with a minor in biology, Konopka was awarded the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research earlier this year, but also researched in the Nedivi Lab where she was an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research in 2013, the Early Childhood Cognition Lab, Fee Lab and the Sekiguchi Lab at University of Michigan. She was also the president of Brain Trust and co-authored a paper.
Bullock will begin a five-year MD-MPH (master of public health) program at the University of California at San Francisco, while Konopka will attend Stanford University School of Medicine.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program provides up 174 scholarships to student-athletes, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes at the end of each sports season that excel academically and athletically, and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletic competition. Candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school's faculty athletics representative, screened by regional selection committees and then selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.