Jessica Ogden '08 receives USA Today's All-USA College Academic First Team Honorable Mention

February 14, 2008

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Jessica Ogden Engineering major Jessica Ogden '08 received an honorable mention and was included in the list of winners for USA Today's 19th annual "All-USA College Academic First Team." The winners' names were announced in the publication, which has a circulation of more than 2 million.

The program honors students who not only excel academically but also have had impact beyond the classroom. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from about 500 juniors and seniors nominated nationwide.

"I was honored to receive this award," said Ogden, "especially because I had written my application essay based on the research I originally began through ENGS 56 [Introduction to Biomedical Engineering]. The opportunity to be involved in research with this sort of impact as an undergraduate, and that it would be recognized by a national award, is a testament to the amazing opportunities available to undergrads at Thayer. My research experience has been significant to my undergraduate experience, and is something I will always remember."

Ogden, of Sanibel, Fla., is pursuing a bachelor of art in engineering modified with economics as well as a bachelor of engineering from Thayer School with a special emphasis on the biomedical field, and plans to work for a consulting firm after graduation. An honors student, she has mentored other students as a teaching assistant and volunteered in the Women in Science Project (WISP), the engineering department's New Student Mentorship Program, the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program for high school students, and the FIRST Lego League for area grade-school students interested in robotics. She also has worked as an online math tutor, has researched nanoparticle hyperthermia for cancer treatment in a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center lab, and has taught piano and music theory.

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