2016 USC Outstanding Woman of the Year finalists announced

Five undergraduate student leaders have been named finalists for the 2016 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, given annually by  Student Life.

 The finalists are:

  • Catherine Buddin, a senior exercise science and religious studies major from Murrells Inlet, S.C.
  • Cassie Coleman, a senior political science and women’s and gender studies major from Davidson, N.C.
  • Calli Fletcher, a senior chemistry major from St. Charles, Mo.
  • Caroline Westberg, a senior international studies major from Nashua, N.H.
  • Michelle Wilson, a senior chemical engineering major from Crystal Lake, Ill.

 The five finalists will be recognized at the annual Outstanding Woman of the Year Award Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday (March 30) in the Gressette Room of Harper College on the historic Horseshoe. During the ceremony, the 2016 USC Outstanding Woman of the Year Award recipient will be announced. You can RSVP online.

Students, faculty and staff nominated 40 women for the 2016 award. Then, a five-member review committee named the five finalists. To be considered, students completed an application, including a resume and two short essays. The emerging finalists participate in an interview process to determine the award recipient.

To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be an undergraduate student with 60 credit hours or more; have attended Carolina for at least one semester; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other areas of consideration for this award include academic achievement and awards, campus involvement, community involvement/service, athletic activities, performing arts, campus media, work experience/internships and contributions and impact to the university and to other women.