June 23, 2018

Meet Nicole Roberts - Amherst Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Nicole Roberts - Amherst Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

A NESCAC Cross Country Champion, Nicole Roberts graduated magna cum laude from Amherst as a biology and environmental studies major. A USTFCCCA Academic All-American all four years in cross country and track & field, she will be studying at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia via a research Fulbright Fellowship in the fall.

Roberts, a native of North Reading, Massachusetts, was the recipient of an environmental studies research grant with the University of New Hampshire to undertake a special project during 2018 and assist in a pilot system with members of the UNH biology department, while also extending her senior honors thesis work. While at Amherst she received the Jan E. Dizard Environmental Studies Award for achieving the utmost academic excellence as an environmental studies major. She was nominated to become a peer tutor fellow at Amherst by the Department of Biology and earned the Gregory S. Call Research Grant to help with the costs associated with her environmental studies thesis. As a sophomore, she was recognized with the Amherst College Biology Prize and was a nominee for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

After battling injuries during her first two years, Roberts won the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Championship race and earned All-NESCAC First Team honors. She went on to finish second in the NCAA Regional race and qualified for the NCAA Championship where she placed fifth to earn All-America honors. She was a three-time MVP of the cross country team and Rookie of the Year in both cross country and track & field in 2014.

Besides her academic pursuits, Roberts also volunteered at the Northeast Animal Shelter and was a supervisor of the Young Naturalist program at the Massachusetts Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center where she ran an interactive ecology program that introduced participants to ecological topics and local species of animals that live in coastal Massachusetts. Roberts was also the secretary of Interact Club, an organization that helps local middle school kids get involved in the community and coordinated fundraising efforts to assist families affected by natural disasters. Roberts volunteered at the Book and Plow Farm and was a member of the inaugural Food Justice Alliance, a group of Amherst College students working to solve issues of food access, environmental health and sustainability throughout the Pioneer Valley. Roberts was also involved in the Amherst LEADS program that helps student-athletes develop leadership skills.