Austin, Texas (February 22) – Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was voted to the CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-District Team, marking her second straight selection and the fourth year in a row MIT was represented on the list. A 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America third team honoree, she advances to the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on next month. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks second across all NCAA divisions with 276 honors.
Holinski ranks second in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage (44.1), third in minutes (850), fourth in minutes per game (34.0), 11th in field goal percentage (45.1), and 12th in points per game (11.4). Last Saturday she became the program's all-time leader in career made three-point field goals, eclipsing the mark of 158 established by Clara Yuan '09.
Majoring in chemical engineering, Holinski is a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference recipient. This past summer she was a research and development intern in the Infection Prevention Division of Health Care at 3M. Holinski was a researcher of metabolic fluxes in moorella thermoacetica to convert carbon dioxide to fuel in the Stephanopoulos Laboratory where she helped 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 was a member of the Student Advisory Council of the Environmental Solutions Initiative, which engaged discussion to optimize the Environment and Sustainability minor, elicited community involvement, and networked to increase Green Job exposure. A participant in Amphibious Achievement, she mentored 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. Holinski is a member of the International Development and Service House (iHouse), which focuses on learning effective ways to implement positive change globally and locally. In addition, she volunteers at Rosie's Place where she prepares and serves food to homeless women and their children in the Boston area.
MIT (16-9) continues its playoff push on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. As the No. 5 seed, the Engineers will take on host and top-seeded Smith College at 1:00 p.m.