Biology Senior Earns Academic Honor from USA Today

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Jessica Bradford, a senior in the UAB Department of Biology and incoming student in the UAB School of Medicine, has been named to the USA Today 2011 All-USA College Academic Second Team. The honor is based on grades, leadership, activities, and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Bradford, of Ider, Ala., was honored in part because she founded Students for a Healthier Community to bring awareness of local not-for-profit organizations to her fellow students in 2010. Students for a Healthier Community supports non-profits that work with people without health insurance, have low socioeconomic status or are under-served.

“Students are often in the library or classroom or dorm and don’t have the time to recognize the health concerns affecting the community where we live,” Bradford said.