Center for Women accepting nominations for awards

Virginia Behmer, Staff Reporter

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (CFW) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Women of Achievement Awards. The award, given every two years, will be celebrating its 11th anniversary this year.

According to the CFW website, the award “celebrates the scholarship and research” of nominees. Two female faculty, two female staff, one female graduate or professional student and one female undergraduate student will be selected from nominees for recognition.

Anyone who identifies as a woman is eligible. The award was changed to acknowledge staff and students along with faculty in 2015.

“We felt that women staff and students also had significant accomplishments that should be recognized,” said Senior Associate Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Susan Freimark. “I think the impact of this change is that the student body is able to view their peers in terms of accomplishments and support and acknowledge the hard work and passion of those individuals.”

The award is part of the Spotlight Prizes for Scholarly Excellence. Nominees are reviewed by the Mather Spotlight Awards Selection Committee.

Freimark believes that the campus-wide impact of the award only adds to its importance.

“That has been manifested by the numerous tables of students at the actual luncheon who attend to cheer on the student winners. Seeing that camaraderie has been an unexpected gift to the selection committees.” said Freimark.

Selected nominees will receive a certificate, recognition at a celebration dinner on Nov. 1 and a $500 honorarium. Nominations can be submitted on the Center for Women’s website until April 1.