Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.), a 2015 Middlebury graduate, is one of eight women who have been nominated by their respective institutions to represent the NESCAC as its NCAA Woman of the Year selection. A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the award. The nominees represent eight institutions and have outstanding athletic, academic, and community achievements.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 18 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Maxwell proved to be well-rounded in academics and athletics and a valuable member of the Middlebury community. Graduating summa cum laude with high honors in biochemistry, she was a Dean's List selection and College Scholar every semester along with being a nine-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and a 2014 USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete. Maxwell was a peer writing tutor and mentor for science students, which resulted in her leading a team of faculty and staff in developing "Write Like a Scientist," a website to assist Middlebury faculty in teaching students how to write scientifically. She received the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award and Middlebury's Charles B. Allen Prize, which is awarded for excellence in science and contribution to the Middlebury spirt. Maxwell also received Middlebury's Hazeltine-Klevenow Trophy for excellence in academics and athletics.
An active member in the Middlebury campus and surrounding communities, Maxwell chaired the Middlebury Student Government Association Honor Code Committee the last two years. She has been a four-year tutor at Middlebury Union High School, and mentored local children in need of additional extracurricular support through the Community Friends program. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, she cooked and served supper for community members in need. She has also been a panelist for Women in Science in an effort to increase the participation of women in professional science.
Athletically, Maxwell was a senior captain during the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. She opened a banner senior year by winning the 2014 NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship en route to garnering All-America accolades. Maxwell went on to win the mile run at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships to help Middlebury place fourth as a squad. She was also a two-time All-American as a member of the distance medley relay, and the school record holder in the indoor 3,000-meter run. During her outdoor track & field career, Maxwell was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the 1,500-meter run and wrapped up her career as an All-American in the 5,000-meter run this spring.