Karen Gu
Karen Gu
Height: 5-3
Year: Sr.
Hometown: East Hanover, N.J.
High School: Hanover Park
Position: Foil
Events: Foil
Major: Computer Science and Molecular Biology
Top Finishes
The Big One Invitational Sixth Place (Nov. 5, 2016)
New England Championship T-Third Place (March 2, 2019)
NCAA Northeast Regional Championship 25th Place (March 12, 2018)


Favorite Sports Memory:
- Going to Duke together!

Favorite Moment as an MIT Student-Athlete:
- Going to Duke together!

- Overall record: 36-39
- NFC record: 14-19
- Ranked 36th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (3/10)
- Tied for third place at the New England Championship (3/2)
- Tied for 19th place at The Big One Invitational (10/28)

- Overall record: 22-20
- NFC record: 13-4
- Placed 39th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (3/11)
- Went 6-0 to finish sixth in the “A” qualifying group at the New England Championship (2/24)
- Ranked 10th at The Big One Invitational (11/4)

- Overall record: 29-25
- NFC record: 14-3
- Ranked 25th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (3/12)
- Placed sixth at The Big One Invitational (11/5)

Off the Fencing Strip at MIT:
- Majoring in computer science and molecular biology with a minor in linguistics
- Was an intern at Benchling
- Was a solutions architect intern at Convergence CT
- Completed an externship at G7 Research where she created educational content
- Conducted a UROP with Professor Fournier in geobiology, specifically carboxysomal phylogeny
- Also did a UROP in the Graybiel Lab
- Conducted research in the MIT Computational Psycholinguistics Lab
- Tau Beta Pi
- Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
- MIT MedLinks

High School:
- Graduated from Hanover Park High School
- Placed third at the Denise O’Connor High School Championships
- Placed first at NJFA Tuesday Unrated Foil
- Valedictorian
- National Honor Society class representative
- Reinauer Award for highest scoring decathlete in New Jersey
- USABO semifinalist
- AP Scholar with Distinction
- Rensselaer Medal
- Girl Scout Gold Award
- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Key winner
- Debate Team president, Academic Team, mock trial lawyer