Outstanding Alumnus(a) Award


This award recognizes outstanding academic or nonacademic achievements of Graduate School alumni and alumnae since their graduation from The University of Texas at Austin with a doctoral or master's degree. The award recipient will be honored at the Graduate School Convocation. The award recipient will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

A fellowship in the name of the award recipient will be given to a student selected from the graduate program from which the outstanding alumnus/alumna graduated. Procedures for selecting the fellowship recipient will be forwarded to the appropriate graduate program after the award winner has been selected.

Criteria for Nomination

Nominees should have achieved preeminence in their academic or professional careers as demonstrated by service in the public or private sector, membership in scholarly communities, publications, artistic endeavors, creativity, honors, or other significant contributions.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

  • Each graduate program may nominate one alumnus/alumna who received either a doctoral or a master's degree from the university.
  • Upload one set of the following materials to UTBOX:
    • Completed nomination form (pdf)
    • Letter of nomination from the dean, department chair, program director, or graduate adviser
    • Nominee's vita or resume documenting the nominee's achievements.
  • The award selection committee will evaluate the nominations and make their recommendation to the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Submit Nominations

Nominations Open: NOV 2, 2015 Deadline: JAN 22, 2016

Nomination packets consist of one set of the required materials (see nomination form).

For instructions on submitting your nomination form via the secure upload Web site:

Danielle Thoma, Program Coordinator


John L. Gaddis and Robert J. Plominhave been named the Graduate School’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2015.
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Previous alumnus(a) award winners

For additional information

John Dalton, Assistant Dean


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