Quah Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Senior earns distinguished honor from NCAA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt bowling senior Kristin Quah has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study, as announced recently by the NCAA.

Quah will continue her MRI research while pursuing a doctoral degree next fall as part of Stanford’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

The announcement came one week after Quah was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team. She was also named the recipient of the H. Boyd McWhorter Award, presented annually to the outstanding female student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference, and received an additional $20,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Quah graduated as one of Vanderbilt’s most decorated student-athletes, and her list of accomplishments in both athletics and academics places her in elite company in Commodore athletics history.

Quah, a native of Singapore, was a three-time All-America selection and an integral part of Vanderbilt’s 2018 NCAA championship and 2019 national runner-up teams. Regarded as one of the nation’s top spare shooters, she helped the Commodores win the Southland Bowling League title in 2017 and made nine all-tournament teams during her four-year career.


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Quah was honored as the NCAA Rookie of the Year in 2016, and in 2018 advanced to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Singles Championship. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Quah was a member of Singapore’s national team.

A double-major in biomedical and electrical engineering, Quah compiled a 3.97 grade-point average, twice winning the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest grade-point average at the NCAA Bowling Championship. She was a seven-time honoree on Vanderbilt’s dean’s list and won the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Undergraduate Student Design and Research Award in 2018.

Quah is a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, and IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, a professional honor society. She was a Vanderbilt Undergraduate Littlejohn Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Her field of study is MRI temperature imaging research for non-invasive surgery, a topic she will present at an international MRI conference in Montreal this May.

Quah is a member of Vanderbilt’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was a teaching assistant and tutor in Vanderbilt’s Engineering Science Department. She also mentored freshmen engineering students as part of the V-Squared Mentor program. Quah participated in the SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research Program, which funds undergraduate students to explore aspects of STEM through independent research and team-based projects. Quah routinely joined her Vanderbilt bowling teammates in community service efforts across Nashville.