LAS Impact Award

Recognizing inspiring efforts during COVID-19

During a difficult year, people throughout the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences responded to challenges arising from COVID-19 with creativity, compassion, and expertise.

LAS Impact Award: Recognizing inspiring efforts during COVID-19While everyone on campus deserves recognition for adjusting their work and carrying on their duties during a difficult year, we invited our community to nominate LAS faculty, staff, and students who went beyond expectations to make a difference in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and beyond. 

The range of the contributions is amazing: from staff members who innovated approaches to online learning, to students who created new ways to stay connected, to faculty who led breakthroughs in pandemic research.

The recipients of the LAS Impact Award represent the determination and adaptability that have helped light our way through this difficult moment in our history. We extend our utmost gratitude to those who went above and beyond the call of duty in helping our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

See below for the names and descriptions of the more than 500 recipients. We present these awardees with great pride and optimism for our future.

Students  |  Faculty  |  Staff


"Someday we'll all be asked, 'How did you make it through the COVID-19 pandemic?' The recipients of the LAS Impact Award show us how: through countless acts of compassion, adaptability, and resilience."

- Gene Robinson, interim dean of the College of LAS and Swanlund Chair in Entomology


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