Austin, Texas (February 9) – Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was voted to the CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-District Team, marking the third year in a row MIT was represented on the list. She advances to the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks second across all NCAA divisions with 255 honors.
Holinski ranks second in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage (42.5), third in points (331), points per game (15.0), and minutes per game (35.0), and 12th in defensive rebounds (93). In Wednesday's game against Clark University she broke the MIT record for made three-pointers in a season, eclipsing Clara Yuan's '09 total of 56 from the 2005-06 season.
Majoring in chemical-biological engineering, Holinski is currently a researcher of metabolic fluxes in moorella thermoacetica to convert carbon dioxide to fuel in the Stephanopoulos Laboratory where she is helping determine conditions for optimal carbon dioxide fixation and production of lipids for biofuel. She previously researched HIV drug delivery and fecal transplant drug delivery in the Langer Laboratory and was an intern at the Shell Technology Center in Bangalore, India where she worked with the Computational Chemists of Excellence modeling the melting point of different hydrocarbons using computational methods.
Holinski is a member of the Student Advisory Council of the Environmental Solutions Initiative, which is engaging in discussion to optimize the Environment and Sustainability minor, eliciting community involvement, and networking to increase Green Job exposure. A participant in Amphibious Achievement, she mentors high school students in the Boston area in athletics (crew and swimming) and academics in addition to supporting achievers as they pursue college by providing assistance, resources, and counseling throughout the application process.
MIT (18-4, 11-2 NEWMAC) returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 when it hosts Mount Holyoke College in its final home game of the regular season. Tip off is slated for 1:00 p.m.