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.

2015 Recipients

The 2015 alumni awardees have affected both the University of Chicago and the global community. The 14 recipients include a pioneer in astronomy, a visionary in the media industry, a renowned mathematician, a preeminent psychologist, and a benefactor of the arts in Chicago.

Alumni Medal

Edward C. Stone

SM’59, PhD’64

  • David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Special Projects, California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Professional Achievement Award

L. Gordon Crovitz


  • Chairman, NextNews Ventures

New York

David Eisenbud

SB’66, SM’67, PhD’70

  • Director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Paul Ekman


  • Founder, The Paul Ekman Group

  • Professor Emeritus in Psychology, University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco

Harvey Levin


  • Managing Editor and Executive Producer, TMZ Productions

Playa Vista, California

Public Service Award

Paul Beaver

AM’75, PhD’76

  • President, Amazonia Expeditions

Tampa, Florida

Howard Gottlieb


  • General Partner, Glen Eagle Partners

Evanston, Illinois

Juri Taalman


  • Partner, Brignole, Bush & Lewis

Hartford, Connecticut

Alumni Service Award

Kathleen Abbott


  • Assistant General Counsel, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office


Christopher Rupright


  • Partner, Shartsis, Friese

San Francisco

Young Alumni Service Award

Sean Ahmed


  • Assistant, Baseball Operations, Research and Development, Chicago Cubs


Gahan Christenson


  • Trial Attorney, US Department of Transportation

Washington, DC

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Leo Kocher


  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education and Athletics, and Head Wrestling Coach, The University of Chicago


William C. Wimsatt

  • Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, The University of Chicago