Austin, Texas (February 28) – Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, marking the third straight season the MIT women's basketball team was represented on the list. She is the lone sophomore to receive this honor this season in addition to being the only student-athlete from New England. Holinski's award is the 10th for the women's basketball program and it raised the Engineers' total to 256 honors, helping them continue to be the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas while also ranking second across all NCAA divisions.
A two-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection and an Academic All-Conference honoree, Holinski set the MIT record for made three-pointers in a season with 60. She paced the conference in three-point field goals, ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.400), fifth in points (368), sixth in points per game (14.2) and field goals (138), and ninth in field-goal percentage (.457).
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.