Wallace '16 Nominated for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Wallace '16 Nominated for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Wallace graduated in May as a human developmental and regenerative biology concentrator (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kathleen Wallace '16 has been nominated for the 2016 Woman of the Year award, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officials announced today.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport. Wallace, a 2016 Harvard University graduate and four-year standout on the women's volleyball team, is one of 517 nominees for the award, which is in its 26th year or existence.

Wallace helped the Crimson to back-to-back Ivy League championships in 2014 and 2015, with this season's squad earning the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament. A two-time first team All-Ivy League and Academic All-Ivy League selection, Wallace ranks eighth in program history in career kills (2.69).

Wallace concentrated in human developmental and regenerative biology and graduated in May with a 3.601 cumulative GPA. She is currently working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and plans to apply to medical school in the future. Her undergraduate research included a 2015 PRISE Fellowship at Brigham Regenerative Medicine Center, and a summer in Yokohama, Japan, at the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology.

A native of San Francisco, California, Wallace was also involved on campus as a Peer Advising Fellow. In this capacity she helped lead Opening Days orientation for incoming freshmen, served as a one-on-one advisor for 10 freshmen, and organized study breaks and activities to foster a sense of community within freshman entryways. In addition, Wallace was a member of the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, and served as the recruitment records director for the Zeta Phi chapter of Delta Gamma.

From the complete list of nominees, each collegiate conference will submit its conference nominee to the NCAA. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee then selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division – and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9.

To learn more about the nomination and award process, click here