To nominate a candidate for a University of Chicago alumni award, please review the eligibility criteria and complete the nomination form.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an alumni award nomination, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have matriculated at the University and earned credit toward one of its degrees (except in the case of the Norman Maclean Faculty Award).
  • Emeriti or tenured faculty members are eligible for the Norman Maclean Faculty Award, regardless of whether they are UChicago alumni.
  • Alumni cannot currently be employees of the University, voting members of the Board of Trustees, or current members of the Alumni Board.
  • Must be living and physically able to participate in person at the award celebrations (no posthumous nominations).
  • Cannot have previously received an award in the category for which the nomination is submitted. However, previous award winners may be nominated for a different category. It is recommended to allow more than five years to pass before nominating a candidate again for another category.

Early Career Achievement Award

Created in 2017, the Early Career Achievement Awards recognize professional achievement or creative leadership in any field by alumni aged 40 or younger.

The awards honor those recent graduates whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique professional achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and to the University of Chicago?
  • Did the candidate achieve an exceptional level of distinction while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate?
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in achieving early success?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community?

A strong nomination includes letters of support. Two are recommended, ideally from peers or individuals who can speak to the nominee’s impact on his or her profession. Please describe and interpret your candidate’s accomplishments in terms that a lay reader can understand.

Alumni Medal

Created in 1941, the Alumni Medal recognizes achievement of an exceptional nature in any field, vocational or voluntary, covering an entire career.

Traditionally, the medal has not been given in recognition of a single remarkable achievement but has been reserved for those alumni who have attained and maintained extremely high stations in their chosen fields of endeavor and in their service to society.

Because the value of the medal is largely defined by its recipients, it has been given sparingly. The medal is awarded to no more than one person each year and need not be awarded on an annual basis. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • Has this candidate had an international impact on the profession and/or community in which the candidate has been active?
  • In what ways have the candidate's achievements been truly extraordinary?

Though not required, the selection committee encourages you to submit letters of support that speak to the magnitude of the candidate's impact in the individual's profession and/or community. It is essential that your nomination materials describe and interpret your candidate’s accomplishments in terms that a lay reader can understand.

Alumni Service Medal

Created in 1983, the Alumni Service Medal is awarded for extended, extraordinary service to the University.

It is given to no more than one person annually and need not be awarded each year. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • In what ways has the candidate served the University and its alumni?
  • Has this service spanned decades?
  • In what ways has this service been truly extraordinary?
  • How has this service benefited the institution?
  • Is there breadth and/or depth to the candidate's involvement in volunteer service?

A strong nomination includes letters of support from fellow alumni. Two are recommended.

Alumni Service Award

Created in 1983, the Alumni Service Awards are given for outstanding service to the University.

They recognize the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the University through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • In what ways has the candidate served the University and its alumni?
  • How has this service benefited the institution?
  • Has this service been sustained over an extended period of time?
  • If not, has the service been strikingly innovative or substantially beneficial?
  • Is there breadth and/or depth to the candidate's involvement in volunteer service?

A strong nomination includes letters of support from fellow alumni. Two are recommended.

Young Alumni Service Award

Created in 1991, the Young Alumni Service Awards acknowledge and encourage service to the University by alumni aged 35 and younger.

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in promoting the University through volunteer support of such organizations and activities as the Alumni Association, alumni clubs, career networking programs, class reunions, fundraising, and student recruitment. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • Did the candidate achieve an exceptional level of service while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate?
  • Was the candidate proactive in efforts to become involved in alumni activities?
  • Has this service been sustained over an extended period of time?
  • If not, has the service been strikingly innovative or substantially beneficial?

A strong nomination includes letters of support from fellow alumni. Two are recommended.

Professional Achievement Award

Created in 1967, the Professional Achievement Awards recognize outstanding achievement in any professional field. In 2016 the Public Service Award, which recognized creative leadership in service that benefited society, was merged into this award category.

The awards honor those alumni whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities. Nominations should answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique professional achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and to the University of Chicago?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community?

A strong nomination includes letters of support. Two are recommended, ideally from peers or individuals who can speak to the nominee’s impact on his or her profession. Please describe and interpret your candidate’s accomplishments in terms that a lay reader can understand.

Norman Maclean Faculty Award

Given for the first time in June 1997, the Norman Maclean Faculty Award honors emeritus or very senior faculty for extraordinary contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life within the University community.

Faculty from across the University will be considered and need not be alumni to be eligible. Senior lecturers are also eligible, but preference is usually given to those with professorial titles. The candidate should have a long history with the University and have made a significant impact on at least two generations of students.

The award carries with it a library fund, endowed by the Alumni Board, for purchase of books in the faculty member's honor. Nominations should answer the following question:

  • How has the candidate's teaching, mentoring, and/or support of extracurricular activities contributed to the lives of students in the University community?

Speak from your own experiences and those of friends and former classmates. The selection committee encourages you to also submit at least two letters of support from former students, ideally spanning more than one generation.