USA Today All-USA Academic Team

All-USA Academic Team

The USA Today All-USA College Academic Team honors the "best of the best" undergraduate academic all-stars from across the nation. The team recognizes college students who not only excel in scholarship but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society.

The University of Alabama once again leads the nation with five students named to USA Today’s 2009 All-USA College Academic Team.

Laura Dover, a junior from Jasper majoring in philosophy and Spanish; Adam Knight, a senior biology major from Tuscaloosa, and Ynhi Thai, a junior from Long Beach, Miss., majoring in chemical and biological engineering, have been named to the Second Team. Laura Godorecci, a senior from Northport, majoring in interdisciplinary studies and classics, was named to the Third Team. Alexander Flachsbart, a senior economics and political science major from Concord, Calif., was named an Honorable Mention.

UA has the most team members of any school with five. Harvard, the U.S. Naval Academy, Louisiana State University, Florida State University and Southern Illinois University each have three team members.

This year’s team brings UA’s total for the last seven years to 36, a figure that tops all other colleges and universities. In addition to this year, UA had the most students on the list in 2008 with seven, in 2006 with six and in 2005 and 2003, both with five.

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