CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT senior Tess Saxton-Fox (Wayland, Mass.) was selected as the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, as announced by the conference on Thursday afternoon. Saxton-Fox was also tabbed to the Academic All-Patriot League team along with teammates Allison Simi (West Windsor, N.J.) and Erin Meyer (Austin, Texas).
Saxton-Fox, a mechanical engineering major, carries a 4.9 GPA and is a member of MIT's Varsity 8 crew that placed second at last weekend's Patriot League championship. She has served as president of MIT's Engineers without Borders program, which helps create solutions to engineering issues in developing countries around the globe. Saxton-Fox was awarded a Public Service Center (PSC) fellowship to travel to Uganda and serve as the project manager for a team that worked with local customs officials to import solar panels into the country. She was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship in the fall and will be attending Caltech for graduate school next year.
Simi was selected to the All-Academic team for the second time and was recently named to the All-Patriot League rowing first team. Simi sits in the seventh seat of Tech's V8 and has a 4.8 GPA in chemical engineering. She is a member of the MIT Chamber Music society, has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and spends time tutoring local students in organic chemistry.
Meyer, who rows in the sixth seat of the Varsity 8, is a sophomore mechanical engineering major with a perfect 5.0 GPA. Meyer was also named an All-Patriot League rower earlier in the week, along with Simi and seniors Catherine Crowley (New York, N.Y.) and Grace Lin (Newton, Mass.). Meyer has been invited to attend the USRowing women's national team freshmen camp, which helps identify rowers with elite potential but limited experience for the U.S. national team.
With three Academic All-League selections, MIT was tied for most in the conference along with Holy Cross. Bucknell University had two honorees while Colgate University, Lehigh University and the U.S. Naval Academy had one each.