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Ben Saarel named Outstanding Graduate and PAC-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Published: 05-22-2018

Recent CU Boulder graduate, and JILA undergraduate researcher, Benjamin (Ben) Saarel was named the Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Physics, and PAC-12 Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

It was a busy week for recent CU Boulder graduate Benjamin (Ben) Saarel. 

Saarel, who for the past two years has worked as an undergraduate researcher in JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski's lab, graduated summa cum laude on 10 May 2018, earning his B. S. in Engineering Physics, and a minor in Computer Science. But that's not all. 

Saarel was named the Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Physics at his graduation. But that's not all. 

Saarel, an avid runner, competed in the PAC-12 Championships, in Palo Alto, CA, on 13 May 2018. Saarel earned first place in the 5000-meter run, clocking in at 14:11.23. But that's still not all! 

That same weekend, Saarl was named the PAC-12 Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. According to the PAC-12 website, eligible students must be resident seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, on track to receive a degreee, and have participated in at least 50 percent of scheduled contests. The Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award.

Congratulations to Saarel for his acheivements, both on the field and in the classroom. 

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