The University of Iowa

UI International Studies graduate Keenan named to USA Today academic first team

June 8th, 2010

Alexandra Keenan was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team. Twenty students were chosen out of hundreds for first-team status, each receiving a $2,500 cash award.  The article notes that the members of the 2010 team are “true global citizens,” and Keenan is no exception.

USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Biographies

USA Today All-USA Academic All Star Photos

(Reproduced from USA Today, compiled by Maria Dubuc)

Alexandra Keenan
University of Iowa
Hometown: Urbandale, Iowa
Age: 23
Majors: Biomedical engineering, biochemistry, international studies
GPA: 4.0
Graduated: May 2010
Career goal: Physician-scientist

Accomplishments: She helped lead a team of students who designed a handheld water sanitizer, a project that was awarded an EPA sustainable design grant and was named one of Discover Magazine‘s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World.” She studied non-governmental organizations in India and then advocated for cervical cancer screening at a hospital in Madurai, which has since implemented a community-based screening program. She managed the daily care of 12 HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Tonal, Mexico, and helped develop a diagnostic technique for a deadly parasitic disease and then taught it to scientists at a university in India. She is a Goldwater Scholar and was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women” in 2009.