Congratulations to the 2018 Alumni Medal, Professional Achievement, and Early Career Achievement Award Winners!

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.

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

Nominations for the Alumni Professional Achievement and Early Career Achievement Awards close March 15, 2019. Nominations for the 2019 Alumni Service Awards and Norman Maclean Faculty Award are now closed. All nominations are now being considered for 2020.

Current Recipients

Recipients of the alumni awards have influenced both the University of Chicago and the global community.

The 2018 Alumni Service Awards and Norman Maclean Faculty Award were presented in June 2018 as part of Alumni Weekend. The 2018 Alumni Medal and Professional Achievement Awards were presented on November 9, 2018, at the University Club of Chicago.

Individual Awardees

Alumni Medal

William A. Douglass

AM’66, PhD’67

  • Professor Emeritus of Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, Nevada

Professional Achievement Award

Samer Attar

SB’98, MD’02

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern Medicine

Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Koenig

AB’90

  • Host and Executive Producer of Serial

State College, Pennsylvania

Mady Wechsler Segal

AM’67, PhD’73

  • Professor Emerita of Sociology and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

David R. Segal

AM’63, PhD’67

  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

Early Career Achievement Award

Drew Dir

AB’07

  • Artistic Director of Manual Cinema

Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Fornace

AB’07

  • Artistic Director of Manual Cinema

Chicago, Illinois

Yuval Levin

AM’02, PhD’10

  • Editor in Chief of National Affairs

Silver Spring, Maryland

Alumni Service Medal

John McGinn

AB’90, MBA’93

  • Vice Chairman, The NPR Foundation

New York, New York

Alumni Service Award

Martina Keller

AB’87

  • Member of the College Advisory Council and Reunion Cochair

Lincolnwood, Illinois

Carol Trautschold

AB’61

  • Treasurer, Trautschold Family Foundation

Washington, DC

Jerry Trautschold

MBA’61

  • Member, Executive Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees

Washington, DC

Weidong “Paul” Wang

LLM’94, JSD’99

  • Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Beijing, China

Young Alumni Service Award

Daniel Arking

AB’05

  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit Law Department

Detroit, Michigan

Candace Wang

AB’07

  • Senior Director of Student Services, Relay Graduate School of Education

Brooklyn, New York

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Doyal “Al” Harper

  • Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College

Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Group Awardees

Alumni Club or Affinity Group of the Year Award

Most Innovative Program of the Year Award