Among the MH17 Victims: Indiana U Student, Rower

Remembering Karlijn Keijzer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2014 2:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Just one American was among the 298 killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also among the victims was an Indiana University doctoral student. Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch citizen, was a chemistry researcher and, in 2011, a member of the women's rowing team. "Karlijn was, by all accounts, a bright star in the IU constellation, a gifted student and athlete, and a talented researcher with a passion for making the world better through science," says the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in a press release. "This is a profoundly sad day in the College." She came to IU in 2010, and was currently a member of a chemistry research team and an associate instructor in the chemistry department.

Under NCAA rules, Keijzer was only eligible to row for one year, but that was enough to make an impact on the head women's rowing coach. He tells Time she was one of the best he's coached in three decades, and she helped propel the school on the path that took it to the NCAA championships for the first time this season. She was registered for classes this fall, but was en route for a summer vacation in Indonesia with her boyfriend when she was killed. The American killed on the flight, 19-year-old Quinn Schansman, was born in the US but spent most of his life in the Netherlands while keeping his dual citizenship, the New York Times reports. A business student and soccer player, he was on his way to meet his family for a vacation in Indonesia, where his grandfather was born.

This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer.
This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer.   (AP Photo/Indiana University)
This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer.
This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer.   (AP Photo/Indiana University)
In this photo from Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll on July 19, 2014, Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch graduate student at Indiana University, and her boyfriend Laurens van der Graaff are seen.
In this photo from Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll on July 19, 2014, Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch graduate student at Indiana University, and her boyfriend Laurens van der Graaff are seen.   (AP Photo/Amsterdam student rowing club Skoll)
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