Ava Soleimany
Ava Soleimany
Height: 5-5
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
High School: Sage Hill School
Major: Computer Science and Molecular Biology

2015-16: ITA Scholar-Athlete... NEWMAC Academic All-Conference... Finished with a 3-1 record at No. 6 singles and was a perfect 3-0 in conference action... Posted a 2-1 doubles record with all matches coming at No. 3 doubles... Opened the season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Clark on 9/29.

2014-15: Limited action … Academic All-NEWMAC … ITA Scholar Athlete … split a pair of singles matches at the NEWITT Tournament (10/17) against Smith and Amherst … played doubles with Jae Hyun Kim in the tournament as well … the pair also split against Smith and Amherst.

2013-14: Saw all of her action during the fall season … 4-1 record in singles … 2-1 in doubles … NEWMAC Academic All-Conference … ITA Scholar Athlete … won her only conference match of the season with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 5 against Clark (10/1) … won three straight matches at the NEWITT (10/18-20), taking victories against players from Babson, Roger Williams and Tufts … played all three of her doubles matches with Alana Peters at the NEWITT … duo was named the NEWMAC Doubles Team of the Week after taking wins over Babson, 8-5, and Roger Williams, 8-6.

2012-13: Saw action in three singles matches as a freshman … went 2-1 … ITA Scholar Athlete … both victories were 6-0, 6-0 decisions … took those matches against Clark (10/6) at No. 5 and at Caltech (3/27) at No. 6.

Off The Court at MIT: Majoring in computer science and molecular biology … concentration in education … research internship at Seven Bridges Genomics … teaching internship at Liceo Scientifico Nomentano in Rome, Italy teaching physics, chemistry, and English to high school students … research in the Lu Lab at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center … researched cancer genomics in the Wang Lab at the USC Keck School of Medicine … UROP (2013-2014) and SuperUROP (2014-2015) in the Lu Lab at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center investigating the design of scalable differentiation networks in living cells in order to engineer novel biological computation … Internal Programming Director of the Leadership Training Institute … 2015 SuperUROP Outstanding Research Project Award … MIT EECS-Wertheimer Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar … Associate Advisor … Managing Director of the Leadership Training Institute … Freshman Leadership Program counselor … Active Minds Advisory Committee … Kappa Alpha Theta … MIT Muslim Students Association … Community Catalyst Leadership Program … teaching assistant for biochemistry … departmental tutor in biology.

High School: A 2012 graduate of Sage Hill School … CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year … two-time MVP and Most Improved Player … twice named first team all-league … also played basketball … three-time MVP of the hoops team … also a three-time first team all-league pick … Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week … Orange County Register Athlete of the Week … five-time Sage Hill Athlete of the Week … undefeated in CIF playoffs … set school records for most doubles wins and most three-pointers made … lettered all four years in both sports … team captain … member of Sage Hill School's Honor Committee … Student Ambassador …Peer Tutor … National Merit Scholarship Commended … AP Scholar with Distinction … AIME qualifier … overall first place in Orange County Academic Decathlon.