Nomination Process

2019 Nominations

The nomination process for the 2019 calendar is open.

Deadline to nominate someone is Sept. 28, 2018, by 11:59 p.m.

Nominate a woman for the 2019 calendar


How are the nominations judged?
A committee of representatives from the Catt Center's student programs, previous calendar honorees and additional members of the ISU community (a mix of faculty, staff, merit) review the nominations and select the honorees. The 12 women honored each year are selected strictly based on the quality of the written nomination. A different selection committee is formed each year.

Who is eligible to be nominated?
Any woman who is currently employed by Iowa State University or who is a current student at Iowa State University is eligible to be nominated. We are looking for women who have impacted Iowa State through campus involvement, in the classroom or community relationships; and inspire women of all generations. Faculty and staff nominees must still be employed for the calendar year in which they would be honored. Seniors graduating in May of the calendar year in which they would be honored are eligible.

Can I nominate myself?
Self nominations will not be considered or reviewed.

Can I nominate a group/club/organization?
Nominations of these organizations will not be reviewed.

I don't work at Iowa State. Can I still nominate someone?
Yes! One does not have to work at or be associated with Iowa State University to nominate a woman currently employed at or attending Iowa State.

How do I increase my nominee's chances of being selected?
Keep in mind this is a very competitive process. Emphasize her contributions to campus life and her impact on others, follow the directions on the nomination form, take time to write a compelling letter of recommendation, and keep in mind the selection committee will be a mix of people from different disciplines across campus -- not everyone will be familiar with abbreviations, etc. The 12 honorees are selected strictly based on the quality of the written nomination.

When will finalists be notified?
Honorees will be notified in November.

Where and when is the reception?
An unveiling celebration is held each January to publicly honor the women selected to appear on the calendar. This reception is free and open to the public. The 2019 calendar reception will be held on Jan. 16, 2019, in the Memorial Union.

Other questions? Contact the Catt Center at or 515-294-3181.