The UChicago Alumni Association celebrates outstanding members of the University community with awards for professional achievement, exceptional teaching, and service to UChicago and to society. We invite all alumni, friends, and families to honor award recipients by attending the awards ceremony and submitting award nominations.

They are your fellow club members, friends you made while at the University, and alumni and professors you admire for their great accomplishments or deeds. Submit your alumni award nomination to highlight the contributions of someone you know.

2014 Recipients

The 2014 alumni awardees have affected both the University of Chicago and the global community. The 15 recipients include medical research pioneers in diabetes and women’s heart health, a revolutionary art historian, a long-standing US senator, a poignant political commentator, a leading bioethicist, and two couples who have positively affected the academic and experiential learning culture at the University of Chicago.

Alumni Medal


Donald F. Steiner

MD’56, SM’56

  • A. N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Professional Achievement Award

C. Noel Bairey Merz


  • Medical Director, Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Pacific Palisades, California
Leon R. Kass

Leon R. Kass

LAB’54, SB’58, MD’62

  • Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
  • Madden-Jewett Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Washington, DC

Peter Selzc

AM’49, PhD’54

  • Professor Emeritus, Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Bret Stephens


  • Foreign Affairs Columnist and Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal
New York, New York

Public Service Award

Bernie Sanders

Bernard (Bernie) Sanders


  • United States Senator from Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Michael L. Shakman

AB’62, AM’64, JD’66

  • Partner, Miller Shakman & Beem LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Alumni Service Award

Judith and Lester Munson

AB’63 and JD’67

Chicago, Illinois

Terri Travis-Davis


Chicago, Illinois

Young Alumni Service Award

Jenna Beletic

Jenna Beletic


Chicago, Illinois

Luke Rodehorst


Chicago, Illinois

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Richard A. Epstein

  • James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer
Chicago, Illinois

Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph

  • Susanne Rudolph, Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita
  • Lloyd Rudolph, Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Chicago, Illinois