Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards will be accepted until February 24.

Alumni award nominations for all awards are accepted year-round. 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.

2016 Recipients

The 2016 alumni award recipients have influenced both the University of Chicago and the global community. The 2017 Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards will be announced in April 2017.

Professional Achievement Award

Lawrence M. Friedman

AB’48, JD’51, LLM’53

  • Professor, Stanford Law School

Gary Haugen

JD’91

  • Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission

Gordon Quinn

AB’65

  • Cofounder and Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films

Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Smith

AM’71

  • Former Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation

Eugene Van Scott

SB’45, MD’48

  • Dermatologist and Skin Biologist

Alumni Service Award

Dalita Balassanian

AB’01

  • Policy Specialist, Executive Office, Corporate Strategy and Governance Unit at the United Nations Development Programme

Brooklyn, New York

Neil Faust

AM’86, MBA’91

  • Director, Strategic Investment Group, Corporate Finance & Strategic Investment Department, Eisai Co. Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan

Young Alumni Service Award

Shalin Desai

AB’05

  • Thru-Hiker, Pacific Crest Trail Association

Hudson, Massachusetts

Norman Maclean Faculty Award