Briefly: Two seniors among 20 students selected for USA Today academic team

Jarrad Aguirre ’09 and Matthew Baum ’09 were among 20 college students nationwide named by USA Today on Wednesday to the All-USA College Academic First Team. The two were chosen from a pool of hundreds of nominees from across the country, based on their grades, leadership, activities and use of their talents outside a classroom setting. Yale and the United States Naval Academy tied for the most winners, with two each, while Harvard University was the only other Ivy League institution with a winner. Aguirre and Baum have already been honored for their accomplishments: Aguirre received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University this fall, while Baum won a Mitchell Scholarship to study at Trinity College Dublin. Both are majors in mollecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Baum will receive a master’s degree concurrently with his bachelor’s degree.