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Faculty nominees sought for “USA Today” college academic teams

October 1, 2002

“USA Today” is seeking outstanding undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities as representatives of all outstanding students.

The 20 students named to the “First Team” will have their accomplishments noted and their photo published in February. Students also will receive a trophy and a $2,500 cash award. An additional 40 students will be named to the Second and Third Teams. Those students will be named in the newspaper and receive certificates.

Judges say they are looking for students who excel not only in academics but also in leadership, on and off campus. Students who have produced an “outstanding original academic or intellectual product” are of special interest.

Students must be nominated by a professor or other person employed by the institution. Nominees must complete a form giving biographical information and submit a 500-word essay. In addition, two letters of recommendation are required. Nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2002.

Forms can be found at Schools are not limited in the number of students they may nominate.