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Two women from Virginia Tech claim USA Today all-star accolades


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 15, 2010 – Jennifer Lamb and Emily Barry, two recent graduates from Virginia Tech, were named to USA Today's prestigious All-USA College Academic teams. This honor is USA Today's recognition program for outstanding undergraduate students from across the country.

Named to the first team, Jennifer Lamb, of Broomfield, Colo., received her bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and her bachelor's degree in agricultural and applied economics with a concentration in international trade and development from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Among her numerous awards and scholarships, Lamb is a recipient of the Austin Michelle Cloyd Scholarship for Social Justice, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Foundation CASE Grant, the Janice and Leon Geyer Scholarship for Agricultural Economics, the Van Oss Scholarship for University Honors.

In 2009, Lamb was recognized as one of 60 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winners. Lamb is only the third Virginia Tech student to receive this prestigious honor in the long history of the program. Through participation in this program, she will receive up to $30,000 to be used for graduate study.

Most recently, the dual degree University Honors student, was named Virginia Tech's 2010 Undergraduate Woman of the Year. An active member of the Virginia Tech Equestrian Team and the Horse Judging Team, Lamb also held two agricultural trade internships on Capital Hill.

Lamb is currently working as a graduate assistant toward a master's degree in agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

Emily Barry, of Burke, Va., who received her bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in international studies from Virginia Tech in December 2009, was named to USA Today's second team of academic all-stars.

Barry was awarded a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' Undergraduate Research Institute to lead a community development partnership with El Porvenir, Honduras, that focused on health, gardening, water sanitation, and youth empowerment.

In 2009, she was presented the Hulick Endowed Scholarship for Leadership, Friendship, and Service which aids undergraduate students in the college who exhibit extraordinary characteristics of leadership, friendship, and service to others.

Barry is currently a Global Dialogue Scholar and a master's student in the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.