LAS alumni are changing the world in ways large and small. They are inventing life-saving drugs, founding literacy programs, and working from within major corporations and institutions to build organizations that are more humane. Each year, the LAS Alumni Association selects a handful of these inspiring individuals for recognition.
The application process is simple and open to all. We encourage you to nominate someone you know for this honor.
The LAS Alumni Achievement Award is given to the alumnus or alumna who, by outstanding achievement, has demonstrated the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education. Nominees must qualify under one of the following categories: outstanding professional achievement; creative achievement; worthy cumulative performance through the years; or recent acknowledgement by community or professional peers.
The LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award is given to LAS alumni who, through outstanding leadership or service, demonstrate the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education by significantly improving or enhancing the lives of others.
The LAS Alumni Distinguished Service Award is given periodically to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in service to the college. Meritorious service reflects a contribution of time, talent, or resources that have enhanced excellence within the college. Recipients must have received a degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, but it need not be from LAS. The distinguished service for which they are nominated should demonstrate the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education.
The LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award is given to an alumnus or alumna under the age of 40 who has demonstrated the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education by outstanding achievement, or by significantly improving or enhancing the lives of others through outstanding leadership or service.
The LAS Dean's Quadrangle Award was inaugurated in the fall of 2000 to honor extraordinary friends of the College—people who have demonstrated profound confidence in and support for our diverse mission and who have personified throughout their lives and careers the unique benefits and responsibilities that define a liberal arts and sciences education. The award also recognizes individuals who have maintained a lifelong personal bond with the college.
In addition to awards given by the College of LAS, LAS departments and units regularly bestow awards upon distinguished alumni. These awards celebrate the professional and personal achievements of alumni throughout the college while demonstrating the difference LAS alumni make in the world.
Any interested person may submit a nomination for an LAS Alumni Award, which are then reviewed by LAS's Alumni Association Board of Directors and appointed alumni from the LAS population. Because evaluations are based solely on the written nomination, nominators will want to take care to ensure that his/her material adequately describes the nominee's entitlement to the award. The board and its awards committee act as impartial evaluators and do not participate in the awards nomination process. The awards are given at the discretion of the Board and are not necessarily awarded every year. The college and the alumni board maintain complete confidentiality of the nomination, which continues under active consideration for a period of three years. The awards presentation ceremony is held during Homecoming Weekend on campus.
All nominations should include:
- The completed online application or a letter describing the nominee's achievements, humanitarian efforts, or distinguished service
- Two supporting letters
We also encourage the submission of additional supporting material, such as a resume, LinkedIn profile page, an article or webpage speaking to the nominee's work/impact, or a written description of the nominee's work and service.
Deadline for nominations: May 31
Submit your nomination and all supporting materials online or by mail to:
- LAS Alumni Relations
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 105 S. Gregory Street, Room 101, MC-220
- Urbana, IL 61801
- (217) 333-3387