Rylee Lautrup

Bachelor of Science: Biology




Summa Cum Laude
Carlos Freitas


Sacramento, CA

Award Bio

From Sacramento, California, Rylee Lautrup is graduating with a BS in Biology with a minor in Politics. Her most notable achievement during her time at SMC was her work on chemotherapeutic drugs and their cytotoxicity in mammalian stem cells in Dr. Sonya Schuh's lab. After graduation, she plans to do biological research in the time between SMC and medical school.

My Greatest Supporters

Above all, I must thank my mom for the most consistent support, love, and understanding. Without her, I wouldn't be who I am today and definitely couldn't have made it through college. Thank you to my family in general, for being my cheer team on the sideline and loving me through it all. And of course, my amazing friends who went through the ups and downs of college right alongside me.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

As weird as it may sound, many of my favorite memories have been studying. We would study for hours upon hours in Dante Hall, being there closer to the morning than to night. We would laugh, cry, yell at each other, and quiz each other like our lives depended on it. I know that I would never have gotten the grades I did without my study group, who will also be some of my lifelong friends.

My Next Chapter

After graduation, I plan on taking a couple of gap years in order to pursue research in the biological sciences. After that, I plan on attending medical school, with the current hope of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Clubs and Activities

- Biological Research with Dr. Sonya Schuh
- DIRT: The Brazilian Amazon
- Saint Luke's Prehealth Society
- Saint Mary's Women's Club Soccer

Favorite Quote

"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

Keep moving forward.
— Walt Disney