Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards will open on June 1, 2020.

New nominations for all categories will be considered for the 2021 cycle.

Nominate a deserving individual (or individuals) for an award, or see a full list of previous award winners along with detailed award criteria.

Review Schedule

  • Nominations for the Alumni Service, Young Alumni Service, and Norman Maclean Faculty Awards will be reviewed in the winter of 2020–21, with recipients announced in the spring of 2021.
  • Nominations for the Professional Achievement and Early Career Achievement Awards are reviewed in late spring 2020, with recipients announced in the summer of 2020.
  • Nominations for the Alumni Medal are reviewed in the winter of 2019–20, with recipients announced in the summer of 2020.

If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact the Alumni Association at or 800.955.0065.

The Selection Process

The Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the University community. A committee of Alumni Board members reviews the submitted materials and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated.

The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. All deliberations are kept confidential.

Submitting Your Nomination

Read the awards criteria and eligibility requirements before making your recommendations. A candidate may be nominated for more than one award category, and the selection committee reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been nominated. When submitting a nomination, follow these guidelines:

  • Check the list of award winners to make sure your candidate has not already won an award in the category you are submitting a nomination for.
  • Review the questions to be answered for each award category and suggestions about supporting letters below.
  • Fill out and submit the official nomination form online.
  • Contact other alumni or individuals who would like to support your nominee; they can further strengthen your nomination by making their own. Ask them to submit a written letter of support to, or they can fill in the nomination form.
  • Keep all nominations confidential.


Please do not inform candidates that they are under consideration since only a limited number of recipients are chosen each year from among many worthy individuals. All deliberations are kept confidential.

Nomination and Supporting Letters

Though not required, the selection committee encourages you to submit additional supporting materials to help illustrate the scope of your candidate’s achievements. A strong nomination includes multiple letters (two or more are recommended) and documents of support, including press and biographical information on the nominee. Examples include résumés, CVs, book reviews, news articles, etc.

The quality of the information given is more important than the relative prominence of the writer. Possible contacts include professional colleagues, former students, friends, or fellow volunteers. Letters that comment knowledgeably on the impact of the individual's specific achievements are the most important and helpful. Please share the criteria for the award and the suggested list of questions found in the nomination form with those who are writing letters in support of your candidate.