Carstens Awarded Postgraduate Scholarship By C-USA
June 18, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU rowing 2013 graduate Emily Carstens was awarded the Jim Casteñeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today. This is the fifth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
Carstens was a 2013 All-Conference USA selection and captain of the Mustang rowing team. The senior from Tulsa, Okla., was a two-time Spirit of Service honoree, serving as the SAAC Vice President of Community Service, organizing the Let's SAAC Hunger and SAAC Thank-a-Thon programs. Carstens was also selected to the C-USA All-Academic Rowing Team and was a four-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll as a business management major, with a minor in biological sciences, women's and gender studies.
A fierce competitor in the sport of rowing, Carstens holds the second-fastest erg time in SMU history. She has also been invited to the U.S. National Rowing Team Identification Camp twice. This season, she raced in all ten events and led the Mustangs to wins over Creighton and Kansas State.