Biochemistry junior excels in lab, links


Whether it’s in the lab or on the links, Biochemistry junior August Kim drives for success.

The Florida resident returned to her home state in May to help the Boilermaker women’s golf team show well in the NCAA tournament. Overall, the lady duffers finished 12th in the nation. A young team gelled in the regular season to earn national spotlight in the postseason.

Kim’s academic side is as strong as her golf game. She has excelled in classes and has shown an early knack for lab work and research in Prof. Angeline Lyon’s lab. Kim’s DNA and protein analysis added to her professor’s research on heart disease.

Kim and her teammates have helped the women’s team become one of the strongest in terms of grade point average on Purdue campus for this past spring semester.

“We killed it this past semester. I think we got a 3.57 cumulative GPA, which is the highest, I think, we’ve ever gotten,” Kim said. “Like anything, you have to work at it. It’s just diligence.”

August Kim takes a swing.
August Kim takes a swing at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

After a tough 2014 season, Kim and her team rebounded and finished beyond expectations. The women were ranked No. 3 in the Big 10 and finished as such in that tournament in Indianapolis.

At the NCAA regionals at University of Notre Dame, the team defied expectations again and dominated against 17 opposing schools vying to get a slot at nationals. Kim finished in the top 10 in terms of individual play.

“It’s high pressure, high stakes, but my team did awesome,” Kim said. “The second day we cleared the field by 10 shots. That was huge.”

Kim will enter next season as one of the team’s strongest drivers, averaging about 250 to 260 yards per. Then her even stronger fairway game comes in.

“I’ve always really liked my iron play,” Kim said. “The irons and I are my best friends. I’m pretty good at putting, too. That helps sometimes.

“Drive for show; putt for dough.”

Kim said she first started golfing at the age of 9 thanks to her dad, Mike Kim, taking her to courses. The family lived in Phoenix, a hotbed for golf, for a couple years before moving to Florida, another golf-friendly state. Kim said besides adjusting for stronger wind, golf in Indiana is great all year.

Expectations are high for Kim on the golf course in 2015-16. The same can be said in her Chemistry studies.

“Junior year, senior year, more is going to be expected of me on the golf course and more is going to be expected of me in the classroom,” Kim said. “It’s just going to be a matter of how well I manage my time. It’s going to be a challenge but it’ll be fun.”

August Kim

Biochemistry junior August Kim

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