Department ofBiology


Hayley Raquer

Hayley Raquer

SCU College of Arts and Sciences Grad Named as Knight-Hennessy Finalist

Hayley Raquer ’16 (Biology) has been named as a finalist for the inaugural class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, the new Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify up to 100 high-achieving students from across the globe to pursue further graduate education at Stanford University.  The program seeks students with “demonstrated leadership and civic commitment" in order to develop “a new generation of global leaders.” Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the world’s largest fully endowed scholars program.

Raquer was an exceptional undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences at SCU, where she was awarded both the Saint Clare Medal, for outstanding academic performance and constructive contribution to the University, and the DeNardo Senior Prize in Science Research.  She also founded SCU Women in STEM, with the goal of expanding the influence of women mentors in science and technology.

She has continued her pursuit of excellence as a postgraduate.  Raquer was awarded a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., to study autoimmune diseases.  In her time there, she has discovered a new genetic lesion that causes primary immunodeficiency.

“Hayley has always impressed me with her intelligence, commitment, and passion for learning,” says Raquer’s former professor, Dr. Leilani Miller, Associate Professor of Biology at SCU.  “She has extraordinary potential to make a positive impact as a future leader in the health sciences.”

Raquer will join other Knight-Hennessy finalists for an on-campus "Immersion Weekend" event January 19-21, where candidates will participate in group exercises and individual interviews.  Fifty scholars will be selected from the 100 finalists to join the inaugural cohort.