4 Soumya Kannan
4 - Soumya Kannan
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: Henry M Gunn
Position: UTL
Major: Bioengineering

SCIAC NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee (2015-16)
Academic All-America Superior Honors (2015-16)
Fullbright Fellowship (2015-16)
SCIAC Scholar-Athlete (2015-16)
Director's Award (2015-16)
Academic All-SCIAC (Spring 2014, Spring 2015, 2015-16)
ACWPC All-Academic Superior (2014)
Team MVP (2014, 2015)



  • Led team in goals (28), steals (30), exclusions drawn (30), field blocks (7)
  • 3rd assists (5), penalties drawn (2)



  • Led team in goals (23), exclusions drawn (18), field blocks (2)
  • 2nd steals (14)
  • tied-4th assists (1)


  • 2nd goals (16)
  • 3rd assists (6), steals (15)
  • tied-4th exclusions drawn (10)

Research and STEM activities
Worked on a project building recombinant DNA constructs and observing the resulting phenotype when these were transformed into yeast in various growth conditions as an intern in the Industrial Biosciences Division of DuPont in 2015...Has been studying the mechanisms of long non-coding RNA function with Professor Mitchell Guttman since the summer of her sophomore year, originally as an Amgen Scholar; most recently, she has studied the mechanisms of the lncRNA Xist, which is responsible for X-chromosome silencing in female mammalian cells during development, using synthetic biology approaches...Analyzed data to help select the landing site for the Mars InSight lander, set to launch in 2018, during a 2013 SURF at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...Analyzed satellite data to track environmental change at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. for two summer in high school. 

Prior to Caltech
Two-time SCVAL All-League selection...Water Polo team placed third in the central coast section in 2011 and 2012...Swam with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics...National Merit Finalist...Member of the National French Honor Society...A National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction...Recipient of Gunn High School Senior Science and English Awards.

Daughter of Kannan Parthasarathy and Sripriya Kannan...Has one younger brother, Tejas, and one younger sister, Asha.