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 all alumni awards are accepted year-round. Nominations for Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards are reviewed in the winter, with recipients announced in the spring. Nominations for Professional Achievement and Early Career Achievement Awards are reviewed in late spring, with recipients announced in the summer.

Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Medal, Alumni Service Medal, Alumni Service Award, and Norman Maclean Faculty Award will close on November 1, 2017.

Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Professional Achievement Award and Early Career Achievement Award will close on March 16, 2018.

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 2017 Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards were presented in June 2017 as part of Alumni Weekend.

The 2017 Professional Achievement Awards will be presented on October 27, 2017, at the University Club of Chicago. Learn more and register to attend the presentation.

Alumni Medal

Rochus “Robbie” Vogt

SM’57, PhD’61

  • R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Professional Achievement Award

Mikel Arriola


  • General Director, Mexican Institute of Social Security

Mexico City, Mexico

Herminio Blanco

AM’75, PhD’78

  • President, IQOM Inteligencia Comercial and IQOM Strategic Advisors

Mexico City, Mexico

Charis Eng

AB’82, PhD’86, MD’88

  • Founding Chair, Genomic Medicine Institute; Founding Director, Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare; American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor; Hardis Endowed Chair of Cancer Genomic Medicine; Cleveland Clinic

  • Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences; Leader, Germline High Risk Cancer Focus Group, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

Santa J. Ono


  • President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Early Career Achievement Award

Megan Driscoll


  • CEO and Founder, EvolveMKD

New York, New York

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