University of Pittsburgh
February 14, 2007

Pitt Honors College Senior, 2007 Rhodes Scholar Named to USA Today's 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team

Armanios was one of 20 students selected from 600 candidates for the first team
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PITTSBURGH-Daniel E. Armanios, University of Pittsburgh Honors College senior and 2007 Rhodes Scholar, has made USA Today's 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team. Armanios was one of 20 students selected from 600 candidates for the first team.

All-USA College Academic Team honors full-time undergraduates who excel in scholarship but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom. The program considers academics, activities, leadership, and an essay describing the student's most outstanding intellectual endeavor in college.

Armanios is a member of Pitt's Model United Nations; a founder of Session: Middle East, an undergraduate forum for debating the Arab-Israeli conflict; and an exchange and events editor for the Oxford International Review, working with the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C., to institutionalize an exchange program connecting young Americans and Emirati scholars.

In addition to his Honors College affiliation, Armanios is a student in Pitt's School of Arts and Sciences and has been designated a Donald M. Henderson Scholar in its School of Engineering. He is pursuing political science and mechanical engineering degrees. Prior to being selected as a 2007 Rhodes Scholar, Armanios had been named a 2005 Truman Scholar and a 2004 Goldwater Scholar. He earlier had been recognized as part of the USA Today 2006 All-USA College Academic Second Team and as a 2005 American Helicopter Society Vertical Flight Scholar.

Armanios will study for Master of Science degrees in management research and dryland science and management at the University of Oxford in England and later plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in engineering systems and graduate work in public policy and resource management.

Each February, USA Today selects honorees. Students named to the College Academic's First Team have their photos and accomplishments published in USA Today's Life section. Winners receive a trophy engraved with their name and school and a $2500 award.