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 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 2018 Alumni Professional Achievement and Early Career Achievement Awards will close on March 16, 2018. New nominations for the Alumni Service and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards and the Alumni Medal will be considered for the 2019 cycle.

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 Alumni Medal and Professional Achievement Awards were presented on October 27, 2017, at the University Club of Chicago.

The 2018 Alumni Service and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards will be presented in June 2018 as part of Alumni Weekend on campus.

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

LLM’06

  • 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

AB’84

  • President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Early Career Achievement Award

Megan Driscoll

AB’02

  • 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

MBA’08

  • Director of Business Development and Marketing, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

Burlingame, California

Young Alumni Service Award

Joe Anzalone

AB’04

  • Attorney, Federal Government

Northern Virginia

Jennifer Glickel

AB’08

  • 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