Kelly Schulte Earns ESPN Academic All-District Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Kelly Schulte represented MIT on the ESPN Academic All-America Women's Volleyball All-District Second Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. She was one of over 80 athletes from Division II, Division III, NAIA, and two-year institutions located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick vying for a spot on the national ballot.

Schulte currently ranks fifth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in blocks and is second on the team in kills, hitting percentage, and blocks. She was named to the MIT Invitational All-Tournament Team and later captured Tournament MVP honors at the MIT Quad Tournament.

A member of MIT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Schulte is serving her second stint as the Promotions Chair. Last year she completed a UROP working alongside Dr. Jacquelyn C. Yanch in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Schulte conducted research to discover the impact of low-dose radiation on cell proliferation rates. She is currently participating in another UROP through the Engelward Lab studying the effects of DNA damage and other primary cells. Schulte assesses a cell's ability to repair after damage and return to baseline cell function. Her most recent project includes finding the rate of green fluorescent protein expression in damaged and undamaged mouse pancetta.