Mary Catherine Buswell Award

Congratulations to the winner of our 2016 award, Dr. Ann Chester!


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Dr. Ann Chester has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Mary Catherine Buswell Award. The award is sponsored by the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Mary Catherine Buswell Award was established in 1978 and recognizes a WVU faculty, staff member or student who demonstrates excellence in their field as it relates to the advancement of WVU women, community and civic activities that serve and advance women or significant pioneering activities that improve the status of women. The recipient of the Mary Catherine Buswell Award receives a $500 gift.

Dr. Chester was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Mary Catherine Buswell Award because of her endless work promoting women in the medical field and promotion of women’s health initiatives. In her role as Assistant Vice President for Education Partnerships at WVU’s Health Sciences Center, she has worked to positively impact the lives of women. She also serves as director for both the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA), and the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). HSTA helps underserved populations earn advanced degrees and pursue careers in health care, which has women constituting 80% of total participation. She additionally serves as Deputy Director of the National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at WVU to promote the well-being of women across their lifespan. Ann has also provided leadership to female colleagues on campus as a coach in the Women’s Leadership Initiative program here at WVU.

Dr. Chester has made a lifelong commitment to serving women throughout her career and the Council for Women’s Concerns is honored to present her with the 2016 Mary Catherine Buswell Award.




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The Mary Catherine Buswell Award, established in 1978, honors a WVU faculty/staff/student or a WV citizen who has provided outstanding service to women at WVU. Award recipients are chosen for excellence in their field as it relates to the advancement of WVU women, community and civic activities that serve and advance women, or significant pioneering activities that improve the status of women. The award winner will receive $500 for travel, supplies, salary supplement, or any other use commensurate with WVU policies.

This award, sponsored by the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns, is presented annually to a living person who has provided outstanding service to WVU women (students, staff, and/or faculty). Service in this context normally should be above and beyond the individual’s regular assignment. Those eligible for the award are WVU employees, students and citizens of West Virginia, including both women and men. Personnel on all campuses are included.

Each year, the Buswell Award is presented during the WVU Week of Honors.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Ice, Chair, WVU Council for Women’s Concerns, at 304-293-8687 or Jessica.Ice@mail.wvu.edu.

Criteria

Participants are chosen for excellence in their field as it relates to:

  • Service to and advancement of WVU women (with particular attention to the relationship to excellence in one’s chosen field).
  • Outstanding achievements, awards, and other types of recognition (this could include community and civic involvement that has served and advanced women).

Nomination/Application Procedures & Packet Organization

  • Nomination/Application Letter: please address one or both of the above criteria.
  • Nominees current job description
  • Nominees current resume/vita
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Other relevant, supplementary information

Nominations for the 2017 Award are not yet open.