Jennifer Babik ’95, who helped Princeton become the first Ivy League team to reach the Women’s College World Series, will be inducted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.
The induction will take place as part of the CoSIDA annual convention on June 28 in Las Vegas, Nev. The honor recognizes those who were Academic All-America honorees during their collegiate athletic careers and have gone on to professional success and societal contributions in their careers.
Princetonians have earned Academic All-America honors 66 times. Babik is the second Academic All-America honoree from Princeton to earn Academic All-America Hall of Fame enshrinement, joining Princeton’s first Academic All-America honoree, Bill Bradley ’65, who earned Academic All-America Hall of Fame honors in 1988.
Babik was a four-time All-Ivy Leaguer in softball and a three-time first-teamer while also earning NFCA All-American recognition as a senior in 1995. Babik still holds several program records, including most career games played (228), career at-bats (722), season at-bats (193), season runs scored (59), career triples (21) and career assists (569). When she graduated, the shortstop and .319 career hitter held career records for runs scored (171), hits (230) and stolen bases (53). Her career and season at-bat totals remain Ivy League records.
Babik was a Rhodes Scholar and achieved a PhD in physiological sciences from Oxford. She was the winner of Princeton University’s Pyne Prize, the highest general distinction conferred by Princeton on an undergraduate, awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership. Babik was a five-time Academic All-Ivy League selection in softball and field hockey. She played alto saxophone in the university’s jazz ensemble and won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
She was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-America in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Babik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and completed medical school at Stanford. She is currently an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she specializes in clinical infectious diseases.