Kara Welch
Kara Welch (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

Kara Welch, of Hampstead, graduated magna cum laude from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., on May 12 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

She will be entering the University of Arizona for a doctorate in entomology this summer.

Welch graduated from North Carroll High School in 2009 and entered Cedar Crest College on scholarships, completing her bachelor's degree in three years.

Welch was on the dean's list for her entire college career.

She is a member of Beta Beta Beta, a society for the study of biology; Alpha Phi Omega, a national coeducational service fraternity; and Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.

She completed a program during the summer of 2011 in the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates at Texas A&M University.