Bruin great Dr. Annette Salmeen has been selected for the 2014 UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Award and will present the commencement address at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduation Ceremony on June 14.
Salmeen, who graduated from UCLA with honors in chemistry in 1997 with a 3.94 grade point average and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was UCLA's eighth-ever Rhodes Scholar, as well as an NCAA Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. She also earned her PhD in biochemistry at Oxford in 2001. In 2006, Salmeen was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1996, Salmeen became the Bruins' first NCAA individual champion in the 200 Butterfly, also claiming a pair of Pac-10 titles in the 100 and 200 Fly. She was named UCLA Female Athlete of the Year, Alumni Association Outstanding Senior and an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist. Salmeen also received the NCAA Top VIII Award, presented to only eight NCAA student-athletes annually for excellence in academics and athletics.
Salmeen also won a Pac-10 title in 1995 as part of the 400 Medley Relay squad and was a four-year All-American and Academic All-American. She was a two-time team Most Valuable Swimmer, named the team's hardest worker on three occasions, voted most inspirational twice and graduated with UCLA records in the 200 Fly and 200 and 500 Freestyle. She still holds the fourth-best time in the 500 Free, the fifth-best mark in the 200 Fly and the eighth-best swim in the 200 Free.
Representing USA Swimming, she qualified for the Atlanta Olympic Games in the 200 Butterfly, which she won at the Olympic Trials, and the 800 Freestyle Relay, which she won gold for at the Olympics.
Salmeen did her post-doctoral training in chemical and systems biology at Stanford and worked as a project scientist at the DOE-Joint Genome Institute. From 2005 to 2012, Salmeen served on the board of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). She is currently a lecturer and Core Course Coordinator for the Human Biology Program at Stanford.