June 30, 2011
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University's Nicole Markert '11 has been selected as a candidate for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The award – among the most prestigious the NCAA bestows – honors senior female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
After each conference selects its representative, the Woman of the Year selection committee chooses the top 10 candidates from each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year, to be presented October 16 in Indianapolis.
Markert, a four-year goalkeeper and three-year captain on the women's soccer team, tied the program record with six shutouts in her final season and led the Bonnies to their first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament victory.
In addition, she earned a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship – the first student-athlete ever from SBU to do so – and received the University's top undergraduate honor in being named an Ideal Bonaventure Woman.
The Russell, Ohio native was a Presidential Scholar, was on the dean's list all semesters and on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or above) every semester. Other honors include being named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference and All-Tournament teams as well as ESPN the Magazine Academic District I Second Team.
She has assisted as a math tutor at the Teaching and Learning Center for five semesters and, since 2005, has worked as on-site director for Hands On Soccer Campus for children in Cleveland.
During the spring, Markert interned with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus in which she designed a tour relating art and mathematics for students of middle school, high school and higher education.
The recipient of the 2011 Mathematics Award she was inducted as a sophomore into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society, and has been the SBU Chapter president for the past two years. She is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the world's largest organization dedicated to undergraduate mathematics education.
She also served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as the representative for the women's soccer team.
The daughter of Kevin and Michelle Markert, Nicole will pursue a master's degree in education at the University of Kentucky this fall. She plans to teach mathematics and coach soccer at the high school level.