Announcing the new Early Career Achievement Award recognizing alumni aged 40 or younger who have made an impact in their chosen career path. Review the criteria and consider a nomination.

Nominations for the 2017 Early Career Achievement Awards and Professional Achievement Awards will close on June 16.

Nominations for all alumni awards are accepted year-round. Although nominations for the 2017 Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards are now closed, you can nominate someone for the 2018 awards at any time. Nominations for Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards are reviewed in late winter, with recipients announced in the spring. Nominations for the Professional Achievement Award are reviewed in late summer, with recipients announced in the fall.

In 1941 the University of Chicago granted its first alumni medals and public service awards, establishing a long tradition of honoring our distinguished and committed alumni—those who have shaped the world and strengthened our global alumni community.

Current Recipients

Recipients of the alumni awards have influenced both the University of Chicago and the global community. The 2016 Professional Achievement Awards were presented on November 4, 2016, in Chicago. The 2017 Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards will be presented in June 2017.

Alumni Service Award

Vincenzo Barbetta

AB’99, MBA’05

  • Former President, UChicago LGBT Alumni Network; Current San Francisco Metro Chair

San Francisco, California

Sean Singleton


  • Director of Business Development and Marketing, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

Burlingame, California

Young Alumni Service Award

Joe Anzalone


  • Attorney, Federal Government

Northern Virginia

Jennifer Glickel


  • Director of Business Development, New York Daily News

New York, New York

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Peter O. Vandervoort

AB’54, SB’55, SM’56, PhD’60

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College

Chicago, Illinois

Professional Achievement Award

Lawrence M. Friedman

AB’48, JD’51, LLM’53

  • Professor, Stanford Law School

Gary Haugen


  • Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission

Gordon Quinn


  • Cofounder and Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films

Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Smith


  • Former Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation

Eugene Van Scott

SB’45, MD’48

  • Dermatologist and Skin Biologist