- Molecular and Cellular Biology
An exemplary student, Molly Kinsella has earned Dean’s List honors six times by achieving a GPA higher than 3.5 in every semester since she enrolled at Vanderbilt. After graduation next spring, the molecular and cellular biology major will continue her education in the doctor of pharmacy program at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. Kinsella has earned academic accolades from the Southeastern Conference three times, while earning Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA twice. She was the Vanderbilt Student-Athlete of the Month in July of 2008, and her impressive 3.89 GPA helped the Commodores notch the SEC’s highest team grade point average this past season.
A true leader both on and off the field, Kinsella sets a wonderful example for both her classmates and the young people she encounters as a camp counselor, referee and frequent volunteer. She has used soccer to mentor children through the Strikers Soccer Organization, Hot Shots Soccer Camp and during Vanderbilt’s summer soccer camp. Kinsella is a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a model student-athlete and citizen. Her career plans currently include working as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting.
Even with the busy schedule demanded by the balance of sports and school work, Kinsella manages to tirelessly give of her time and talents. She teaches science lessons to middle school students through the Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science program, becoming a team leader in 2009. The Memphis native has spent countless hours with other philanthropic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Make-a-Wish and St. Jude. As part of Vanderbilt’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Kinsella has assisted with the annual Ross Elementary Holiday Party and the Westmeade Field Day.
Kinsella has led the Commodores in scoring for three straight seasons, compiling a total of 21 goals and 16 assists through her junior campaign. She has earned all-conference honors in each of the past two years after being named an all-freshman recipient in her first year. Kinsella has also been named an All-Region honoree twice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A true team leader, she will be a team captain for second straight season in 2010.