Awards Program

The following awards are presented by the respective UNMC Alumni Councils and are the highest honors the Councils bestow upon graduates and friends of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the respective colleges. A completed nomination form must be submitted, along with letters of recommendation, to nominate a candidate for any of the alumni awards.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 awards.


College of Medicine Alumni Engagement Council Awards

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to a living graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine to recognize noteworthy contributions and service to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Alumni Chapter, the medical profession and to the health of all people through patient care, research, teaching and/or health services administration. The recipient will demonstrate the highest principles of the medical profession and serve as a role model for current and future physicians and health care professionals.

The Early Career Achievement  Award is presented to an alumnus who has graduated within the last 20 years from the UNMC College of Medicine. The award recognizes an individual who has made distinguished achievements and contributions early in her or his career to the medical profession, the UNMC College of Medicine or the Alumni Chapter.

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to a living non-graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine who has had a significant impact through professional or personal contributions to the UNMC College of Medicine, the Alumni Chapter, and the delivery of health care or medical education.

College of Nursing Alumni Engagement Council Awards

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to honor and promote outstanding achievement in nursing by a living graduate of the UNMC College of Nursing. The recipient will demonstrate marked achievement and contributions in one or more of the following areas: nursing practice, nursing research and publications, community service, professional development, education and nursing leadership.

The Nursing Excellence Award is presented to honor and promote outstanding achievement in nursing by an individual who graduated from the UNMC College of Nursing within the last five years. The recipient will demonstrate early achievements in one or more of the following areas: nursing practice, nursing research and publications, community service, professional development, education and nursing leadership.

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to recognize a non-graduate of the UNMC College of Nursing who has demonstrated loyal and distinguished service and contributions to the College of Nursing or the Alumni Chapter.

The Dorothy Patach Spirit of Service Award is presented to a UNMC College of Nursing Alumnus who has contributed not only to the nursing profession, but to his/her community and improving the lives of others.

College of Dentistry Alumni Engagement Council Awards

Alumni Achievement Award
Presented to College of Dentistry alumni with a record of outstanding achievements in their dental or dental hygiene careers and/or civic involvement. Voting members of the CODAA are not eligible for this award during their tenure as a Board member.

Distinguished Service Award
Presented to College of Dentistry alumni on the basis of their contributions and/or service to the CODAA or the College of Dentistry. Voting members of the CODAA are not eligible for this award during their tenure as a Board member.

Honorary Life Membership Award
Presented to someone who demonstrates or has demonstrated exceptional service to the UNMC College of Dentistry or the CODAA. The recipient need not be a graduate of the College of Dentistry.

Outstanding Educator Award
Presented to someone who demonstrates or has demonstrated exceptional service as a full-time or part-time faculty member of the College of Dentistry. The recipient need not be a graduate of the College of Dentistry. This award can be made to a previous recipient, but there must be a ten-year interval between those awards.

College of Pharmacy Alumni Engagement Council Awards

The Distinguished  Alumnus Award is presented to a living graduate of the UNMC College of Pharmacy to recognize an individual's noteworthy contributions to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the pharmacy profession and to the health of all people through patient care, research, teaching and/or health services administration. The recipient will demonstrate the highest principles of the pharmacy profession and serve as a role model for current and future pharmacists.

The Early Career Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus who has graduated within the last 20 years from the UNMC College of Pharmacy. The award recognizes an individual who has made distinguished achievements and contributions early in her or his career to the pharmacy profession, the UNMC College of Pharmacy or the Alumni Chapter.

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to a living non-graduate of the UNMC College of Pharmacy who has had a significant impact through their professional or personal contributions to the mission of the UNMC College of Pharmacy, the UNMC Pharmacy Alumni Chapter and/or the provision of pharmacy education. 

Graduate Studies Alumni Engagement Council Awards

The Distinguished Alumnus award will be presented to a living graduate of the UNMC Graduate Studies Program to recognize an individual's noteworthy contributions to the University of Nebraska Medical Center or in their career field. The recipient will demonstrate the highest principles of her or his profession and serve as a role model for current and future UNMC Graduate Studies Program alumni.

The Honorary Alumnus award will be presented to a living non-graduate of the UNMC Graduate Studies Program who has had significant impact through their professional or personal contributions to the mission of UNMC, the UNMC Graduate Studies Alumni Engagement Council, basic and/or clinical research, teaching skills, and/or health services administration.

The Early Career Achievement award will be presented to an alumnus who has graduated within the past 20 years (1995 - 2015) from the UNMC Graduate Studies Program. The award recognizes an individual who has made distinguished achievements and contributions early in her or his career.

College of Allied Health Professions Alumni Engagement Council

The most recent CAHP Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at the all CAHP Reunion, July 19-20, 2013. This includes: physical therapy, physician assistant, clinical laboratory science/medical technology, radiation science technology education, medical nutrition, cytotechnology, and clinical perfusion.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to a living graduate of a respective UNMC College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) to recognize an individual’s noteworthy contributions to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the respective Allied Health profession and to the health of all people through patient care, research, teaching and/or health services administration. The recipient will demonstrate the highest principles of his/her CAHP profession and serve as a role model for current and future health care professional. 

Awards are given when the CAHP holds its All Class Reunion. The most recent reunion was held on June 10, 2017.

College of Public Health Alumni Engagement Council

Spirit of Service Award

Each year, this award is given to the COPH Alumni Chapter member or supporter who most greatly embodies a spirit of service to the chapter membership. This spirit may be shown through their actions, the resources they provide in time, talent, or contributions they provide, or their outward dedication to the chapter and its continued success.