UW Bioengineering junior Soley Olafsson is a recipient of the Greek of the Week award. This new highlights the accomplishments of UW Greek community members and their efforts to deter the negative connotations surrounding Greek life around the country. Nominations are submitted to and selected by the UW Interfraternity Council on the basis of academic merit and community leadership. Solely was nominated by the Panhellenic President for her recent selection as a UW Mary Gates Research Scholar.

Soley is a member of UW Bioengineering Professor Michael Regnier’s Heart and Muscle Mechanics (HAMM) Laboratory, where she investigates effects of different therapies that restore cardiac function after injury. She is also a member of BioE’s outreach team for cardiac bioengineering, which aims to inspire younger students to pursue higher education or bioengineering-related careers. Soley plans to go to medical school and she hopes that her experience in BioE will provide her with the tools needed to tackle real life problems as a physician.

Outside of BioE, Soley serves on the executive board of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as Membership Vice President. She volunteers weekly at the University District Food Bank and monthly at the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Shelter.