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Awards of Excellence Nominations

These are among the honors and awards the University of Washington bestows upon alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and students who contribute to the richness and diversity of the University community.

  • Each award recipient will be honored at the annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony in June of 2023.
  • Anyone from the UW can make a nomination unless otherwise stated.
  • View the Awards of Excellence archive here.

Nominations now open

Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award

Honors

An outstanding alum, distinguished for service and achievement over a period of years since graduation from the UW.

Highlights

Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Jan. 15, 2023

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David B. Thorud Leadership Award

Honors

Extraordinary faculty and staff leaders at the UW.

Who can nominate

Faculty and staff

Highlights

Nominees receive a congratulatory letter and copy of their nomination; two nominees are selected for a $2,500 award. Recipients will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 16

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Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award

Honors

A full-time UW faculty member who has taught and/or designed courses for at least two years in non-degree programs and designed for professional development, personal interest or career redirection.

Highlights

This award carries a $5,000 stipend for the recipient. Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 9

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Distinguished Librarian Award

Honors

An outstanding librarian from any UW campus whose contributions advance the mission of the UW Libraries and the UW.

Highlights

Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 31

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Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award

Honors

a UW retiree or team of UW retirees for excellence in service post-retirement that exemplifies the University’s values with special distinction.

Highlights

The award carries with it a $1,500 prize funded by the UW Retirement Association.Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Feb. 1 2023

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Distinguished Service Award

Honors

Outstanding Alumni Association members or volunteers who have made a significant impact on the Alumni Association and the UW community.

Highlights

Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Jan. 15, 2023

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Distinguished Staff Award

Honors

Staff & teams primarily composed of staff that nominations that exemplify excellence.

Who can nominate

Faculty, staff, students

Highlights

Nominees receive a congratulatory letter and copy of their nomination and five nominees are selected for a $5,000 award. Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 16

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Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award

Honors

An extraordinary UW teacher who has influenced and inspired students after they graduated.

Who can nominate

Nominators must have taken at least one class from the nominee. Consideration is given to interactions outside of the classroom.

Highlights

Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Jan. 15, 2023

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Excellence in Global Engagement Award

Honors

Faculty or staff in alternate years and honors teaching, research, and/or community building activities that connect UW students, faculty, and staff to global communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Highlights

The recipient will receive $5,000 and will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 16

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Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Honors

An outstanding faculty member who mentored a graduate student.

Highlights

A single award, accompanied by $5,000 in discretionary funds that can be used to support the awardee’s scholarly activities. Recipient will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 13

Make a nomination

Outstanding Public Service Award

Honors

A faculty, academic appointee or staff who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service.

Highlights

The recipient will recieve a $5,000 award and will be celebrated in June.

Who can nominate

Faculty and staff.

Nominations due: Jan. 30, 2023

Make a nomionation

University Faculty Lecture Award

Honors

Current or emeriti faculty whose research, scholarship or art has been widely recognized by their peers and had a substantial impact on their profession, on the research or performance of others and perhaps on society as a whole.

Highlights

Recipient will give an all-campus lecture and will be celebrated in June.

Nominations due: Dec. 5

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Nominations closed for the 2022-2023 cycle

Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award

Honors
A living UW alumnus veteran who made a positive impact on the local, national or international community, the University of Washington or the veteran community.

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Distinguished Teaching Awards

Honors

Six extraordinary individual faculty members — four from the Seattle campus and one each from the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses.

Highlights

Recipients will be celebrated in June.

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Distinguished Teaching Award for Teams*NEW

Honors

This new award is granted to instructional teams/collaborators (two to five people) from any UW campus. The teams may include faculty, students, TAs, staff educators, librarians and/or other members of the UW who support instruction.

Highlights

Recipients will be celebrated in June.

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Excellence in Teaching Award

Honors

Outstanding contributions of a graduate student instructor(s)/TA(s) to student learning.

Highlights

Recipient(s) will be celebrated in June.

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Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Medals

Honors
A graduating senior who has achieved the most distinguished academic record at the University.

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Gates Volunteer Service Award

Honors
An individual whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have encouraged others to support the University of Washington through time, service and philanthropy.

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