April 29, 2009

USA Today has released its 20th Annual All-USA College Academic Team, and LSU is well represented. For the third year in a row, LSU has placed a student on USA Today’s First Team. This year two students were also selected for the Second Team. This is the first year that LSU has had three students selected. All three students are members of the LSU Honors College. John Casey is a senior in the LSU College of Engineering.

Brian Goh of Denham Springs was selected to one of the 20 spots on the First Team. John Casey of Mandeville and Michael Rhea of DeRidder were selected as members of the Second Team. All three LSU students on the All-USA College Academic Teams will graduate in May.

“We are exceptionally proud of Brian, John and Michael for their achievements while attending LSU, and being named to USA Today’s All-USA College Teams is a tribute to the hard work and dedication they’ve put in over the past few years. All three have proven themselves to be leaders both in and out of the classroom,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget. “Accolades like this one continue LSU’s tradition of graduating some of the country’s best and brightest students.”

Goh is a biochemistry major and LSU Honors College student. A 2008 recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, he plans to enter an MD/PhD program in the fall at either Columbia University or Johns Hopkins University.

Casey, a biological engineering major with a minor in Chinese, was a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2007. He has also been recognized as the LSU Most Outstanding Senior 2007-08 and the LSU Honors College Most Outstanding Senior 2007-08. He has received the Tau Beta Phi Scholarship, Carl Thomas Award from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, LSU Study Abroad Scholarship, Top 10 Freshman Award and the Dean’s Award of Academic Distinction. After graduation, he plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a doctorate in biological engineering.

Rhea, an international studies and political science major with a minor in anthropology, has maintained a perfect GPA thus far at LSU and has previously been honored with a National Merit Scholarship and other awards. He plans to enroll in LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center after he graduates.

All-USA College Academic Teams

The team of 20 First Team members was selected by a panel of judges from hundreds of students nominated by colleges and universities across the United States. Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most important, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

For more information on these winners as well as the Second-, Third- and Honorable Mention-Team members, see the Wednesday, April 29, edition of USA Today or log on to www.usatoday.com/.

Article excerpted from LSU Public Affairs News Release, Ernie Ballard, 225-578-5685, eballa1@lsu.edu

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