Two Yale Students Named to USA Today's 2003 All- USA College Academic First Team

Two Yale University undergraduate students were named today to the 2003 All-USA College Academic First Team, sponsored by USA Today, out of 500 students nominated by their schools nationwide.

Jennifer Staple, a senior from Newtown, Conn., and Andrew Klaber, a senior from Buffalo Grove, Ill., also received a trophy and $2,500 as part of the award.

As founder and president of Unite For Sight (, Staple designed and implemented programs and recruited 30 Yale student volunteers to work in soup kitchens, schools and libraries to screen visual acuity, provide health education and promote the importance of physical examinations by physicians. She established a lecture series to bring renowned anthropologists to speak to the community and is currently co-editing a book based on the series with Professor Rebecca Hardin. She is the founding president of the Yale Anthropology Society and the Yale Journal of Student Anthropology, which publishes papers by undergraduate and graduate students.

“I am honored and humbled to be named one of the top 20 college students in the country by USA Today,” said Staple. “My experiences as a Yale undergraduate have been most rewarding and life-shaping. I have gained an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge, and I have enjoyed the many opportunities for close work with professor- mentors.”

Klaber, a member of the varsity lightweight crew and the Yale precision Marching Band, founded Orphans Against AIDS (OAA) and rode in the Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Challenge during the summer of 2001 on a 4,200 mile ride from New Haven to San Francisco. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in September 2002 and is the founder of The Yale Politic, a quarterly, non-partisan journal that documents current political, social and economic trends through articles written by eminent politicians, professors, activists and students. He received the President’s Environmental Youth Award in April 2001, a Morris K. Udall Scholarship in August 2002, and a Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Scholarship in April 2002.

“There are hundreds of other college students equally deserving of the honor,” said Klaber. “I try to live the Yale experience to the fullest by balancing my work with everything this wonderful University has to offer. Without the support of my family and the friendship of my classmates, teammates, professors and coaches, this honor never would have been possible. Everyday, I feel inspired and challenged by my peers.”

First Team members represent academic excellence in a wide range of disciplines, from biomedical sciences to the humanities, according to Tracey Wong Briggs, the program’s coordinator. The nominees underwent a rigorous selection process from among 500 undergraduates nationwide who were entered into the competition by their schools, added Briggs.

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