Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Undergraduate Leadership Award

The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership is pleased to announce the recipient of the tenth annual Undergraduate Leadership Award: Kate Bove.

Kate graduates in May 2023 with a major in Mathematics and plans to pursue in a career in teaching. Already as an undergraduate, she has served as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She described her personal mission as wanting to “change [her students’] perspectives about mathematics.” This same dedication to mathematics education extends to her service on campus. She provides peer tutoring to college students in Calculus classes and also prepares local high school students for college entrance exams through the GEAR UP Alliance. As president of Loyola’s Math & Statistics Club, she spearheaded programs highlighting the contributions of underrepresented communities to the field of mathematics, such as women, LGBTQ, and Black mathematicians. As an undergraduate researcher, she used game theory and computational simulations to study the environmental effects of habitat loss.

The selection committee was incredibly impressed with all of the amazing students who were nominated for this award. All are accomplished scholars and dedicated leaders for social justice. We invite you to view the full list of nominees here. Thank you to the many Loyola faculty, staff, and students who thoughtfully volunteered your time and effort to nominate these wonderful students.

Award Criteria & Selection Process

This Award recognizes undergraduate students who exemplify the Gannon Center’s mission of advancing women’s leadership, gender equity, and broader social justice. We welcome and seek Award nominees of any gender identity who contribute to this mission through their own leadership, research, and service. The recipient is chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by faculty, staff, and students and is additionally based on an application submitted by the nominee.

Award Details

  • The Undergraduate Leadership Award is open to any current undergraduate student enrolled at Loyola.
  • Nominees must first be nominated by a Loyola faculty member, staff member, or current student.
  • After a nomination is received, the nominee will be notified and asked to submit an application that includes a résumé and a reflection on how they contribute to the Gannon Center’s mission.
  • Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to be consider for the Award.
  • Nominees will be screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.
  • A student may not win the Award more than once but may be nominated in multiple years.
  • Loyola faculty, staff, and students may nominate more than one student for the Award.


  • Nominations for the spring 2024 award will open in late fall 2023.