In addition to alumni awards, the University of Chicago recognizes individual achievement in a number of areas.

The University of Chicago Medal

The University of Chicago Medal was established in 1976 by President John T. Wilson to recognize distinguished service of the highest order to the University by an individual or individuals over an extended period of time. The award is conferred by the trustees of the University “to recognize rare and exceptional friends of the University” and is among the highest honors the University can bestow. In the 37 years since its creation, it has been awarded to only 18 individuals.

Diversity Leadership Awards

The Diversity Leadership Awards seek to recognize University faculty and staff members who display leadership in fostering diversity both on campus and within the surrounding community and to highlight, in concert with the University of Chicago Alumni Board of Governors, the contributions of alumni who advance the cause of justice and equality in our community and society.

Chicago Harris Alumni Awards

The Chicago Harris Alumni Awards recognize alumni and policy leaders who have made extraordinary achievements in and contributions to public policy. Winners of the Chicago Harris Alumni Awards demonstrate the highest level of professional achievement and leadership in public policy. Awards are bestowed in three categories: Rising Star, Career Achievement, and Dean’s Award.

Chicago Booth Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chicago Booth’s Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate leaders who solve business problems by pursuing the best thinking and implementing creative solutions. Their ability to think critically and act decisively has enabled them to lead their organizations in bold new directions. Dating to 1972, the awards have honored 160 alumni for outstanding achievement in four categories: Corporate Award, Entrepreneurial Award, Public Service/Public Sector Award, and Young Alumni Award.

Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Awards

The Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association honors alumni for outstanding and loyal service to the Division of the Biological Sciences and for bringing honor and distinction to the University of Chicago through their contributions to the biological sciences or medicine through research, clinical care, health service administration, public and professional service, or civic duties. These awards include the Gold Key Award and the Distinguished Service Award.

Student Leadership Awards

Each spring, the University and the College honor a select number of student leaders for their contributions to the campus community. Decisions are based in part on the extent to which the student’s contribution exceeds what is normally expected of an active participant. Students can be honored for their contributions to any part of campus life, including work with student organizations, intercollegiate athletics, house governments, orientation programs, community service, campus arts organizations, and graduate activities.