Brown's Heather McCrea Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

July 23, 2002

Brown University senior Heather McCrea (Wilton, CT), a four-year rider for the Bears' equestrian team, has been awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

McCrea helped the Brown equestrian team to a third place finish at the 2002 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship, competing in the intermediate fences and open flat competition. In addition, the Bears have been Regional Champions for the last three years, and Zone Champions in two of the last three years. She has been the Ivy League Champion in the walk, trot and canter division.

A biochemistry concentrator, McCrea has accumulated an impressive array of academic accomplishments while posting a 3.81 grade point average. In 2001, she was awarded one of Brown's most prestigious fellowships when she was inducted into the Society of Royce Fellows for her research on gastrointestinal diseases.

McCrea's research on cell physiology is schedule to be published in the July, 2002 issue of the Journal of Physiology. In 2001, McCrea was selected to present a Poster for her research on Claudin-15 at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in Washington, DC.

McCrea served as the co-president of Brown Athletics Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), developing several initiatives that have incorporated athletes into the inter workings of the entire Brown community. She has served as a Mikeljohn Advisor for 15 freshman students, and was Brown's representative to the 2001 NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

McCrea also earned the Joslin Award for Campus Leadership and Involvement, awarded by the Brown Office of Student Life to graduating seniors who significantly contributed to the quality of life at Brown. She has been a four-year classroom volunteer at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, and has been a volunteer sidewalker with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, assisting handicapped children and adults while receiving therapy on horseback.