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Virginia Tech announces the College of Engineering's Outstanding Senior Award


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 9, 2004 – Emily Sarver, of Richmond, Va., is the recipient of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering's Outstanding Senior Award for the 2003-2004 academic year. She is studying mining and mineral engineering.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize exceptional performance by a graduating senior from each college within the university. Students and faculty of each of the eight colleges select the recipients. GPA's of the awardees range between 3.75 and 4.0.

Virginia Tech is announcing its Outstanding Senior Awards in conjunction with the university's Founders Day, Friday, April 23. First taking place in 1972, Founders Day Convocation is Virginia Tech's annual celebration of the academic and professional achievements of the university and recognizing service to Virginia Tech.

"My department had been very good to me," Saver said, "and because of their support, I was able to receive the award. I feel very honored to have been chosen out of all the engineers."

As a student, Saver participated in many organizations at Virginia Tech including: The Burkhart Mining Society, Student Engineers' Council, and Women in Mining. She also received multiple honors, awards, and scholarships for commendable academic achievement.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 5,600 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.