9 - Emma Gargus
Emma Gargus
Height: 6-0
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Upper Arlington
Position: MH
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Team: Kaepa Buckeye Volleyball Club

2013: Played in 85 sets...89 kills...46 aces...31 blocks...ranked third on the team in aces and blocks...racked up 10 kills, a .562 hitting percentage, and four aces versus Simmons (10/5)...earned five aces against WPI (9/17) and UMass Boston (10/19)...produced six blocks versus Smith in the NEWMAC tournament quarterfinals (11/5)...NEWMAC academic all-conference.

2012: Played in 48 sets...35 kills...20 blocks...12 aces...posted eight kills at Johnson & Wales (9/29)...registered five kills at Regis (9/1)...totaled four kills and four digs versus WPI (10/4)...earned three aces against WPI (9/1)...notched four blocks versus Marian (9/8)...contributed three blocks against Williams (10/19)...NEWMAC academic all-conference.

2011: Served as team manger while recovering from injury.

2010: Played in 66 sets...73 kills...49 blocks...17 aces...ranked fourth on the team in blocks...recorded a season-high 10 kills and six blocks against Plymouth State (9/11)...totaled six aces versus Emmanuel (9/11)...posted three digs against Endicott (9/25).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in materials science and engineering with minors in chemistry and biology in addition to a concentration in German language and literature...designing biomaterials microenvironments for cell culture, specifically for bone growth and regeneration studies, for studies of endometrial cells to determine endometriosis pathology and for liver cells to determine drug toxicity in the Griffith Lab...conducted research at Ohio State's Ghadiali Lab during the summer of 2013...Ellen King Prize for Freshman Writing (first place)...Robert A. Boit Writing Prize (honorable mention)...Community Catalyst Leadership Program.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because not only did attending MIT afford me all the opportunities and experiences of a world-class research institution, but also those of Boston. There are so many other universities in the greater Boston area that there are few other places with such a high density of students, which means that the city really caters to our demographic. Additionally, when I visited MIT I realized how driven, passionate, curious and creative the students were and how they were tackling some of the biggest problems facing our planet and I wanted to be a part of that.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Upper Arlington High School...three-year varsity starter...all-district Scholar-Athlete Award...Golden Bear Award for athleticism and spirit...Redona Miller Award for best all-around player...National Merit Scholar...AP Scholar with Distinction...National Honor Society...Cum Laude Society...member of "In the Know" and "Brain Game"...team placed first in Ohio Quiz Bowl...Math Creativity Award...Best Global Language Student in School award.

Club: Kaepa Buckeye Volleyball Club (six years).