Auburn’s Anderson named to USA Today’s Academic All-USA Second Team

AUBURN – Auburn University graduate and Rhodes Scholar Jordan Anderson was recently named to the second team in USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team competition. Each year the newspaper recognizes the top college students in the country based on academics, leadership, activities and the application of their talents beyond the classroom.

Anderson, who was named a Rhodes Scholar last fall, graduated in May with a 3.93 GPA in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The Roanoke, Va., native will head to Oxford this September where he plans to enroll in a master’s degree program in global health science study. Anderson hopes to pursue medical mission work in the future.

“It is an incredible honor to be selected to this prestigious team,” Anderson said. “But I think that the true honor in this accolade goes to my coaches, teachers and family who have supported me and helped me reach all of my goals and dreams. They deserve the real award.”

Paul Harris, associate director for National Prestigious Scholarships at Auburn, nominated Anderson for the award in January.

“Jordan’s selection to the USA Today Second Team is richly deserved,” Harris said. “Through his example, Jordan lives the Auburn Creed.”

During his undergraduate studies at Auburn, Anderson was named an “Unsung Hero” by the Virginia Health Care Foundation for assisting his hometown dentists in extending dental care to low-income families. He was also awarded the Cellular and Molecular Biosciences undergraduate research scholarship during his junior year for his research on the phototyzing effects of UV light on the eye.

Anderson was a member of the Auburn Swimming and Diving Team, a College Swim Coaches Association of America Academic All-American and a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. In addition, he was involved with many volunteer programs.

“Jordan distinguished himself both inside and outside the classroom as a true scholar-athlete,” Harris said. “He spent an average of three hours per day, seven days a week in the pool. And if that were not enough, Jordan served as a role model and mentor with Younglife youth ministry.”

USA Today’s All-USA College Academic team for 2009 includes a total of 79 students, with 20 named to each of the first, second and third teams and 19 given honorable mention. Each team is selected by a panel of judges from among hundreds of college juniors and seniors.

Last year, USA Today’s All-USA second team included 2009 Auburn University graduate Lauren Hayes, a former SGA president who was recently awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend Cambridge University in the fall.

(Written by Sarah Phillips.)

Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)