Laureates Awards

The Laureates Awards Program was created by the Association of Rice Alumni in 1937 to recognize highly distinguished individuals for extraordinary achievements and contributions to their professions, local communities and Rice University. Every year, three major awards celebrate outstanding Rice alumni and friends of the university, including the Meritorious Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Gold Medal, the highest possible honor for service to the university.

Learn about the Awards and Submit a Nomination

Nominations for FY2020 are now closed, but are accepted on a rolling basis. The nomination deadline for 2022 is Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Selected honorees are announced in early spring and are honored each year at the annual Laureates Dinner on the evening of Commencement. If you have any questions regarding the nominations process, please contact Tara Quell, Associate Director, Rice Alumni Board.

2020 Laureates Awards Honorees

Gold Medal Award

Gilbert M. Cuthbertson

Robert B. Tudor III '82

Distinguished Alumni

H. Ralph Hawkins '76

Deepak Srivastava '86

Maryana F. Iskander '97

Meritorious Service

William T. Cannady

Amy L. Sutton '89 '90 and
Gary W. Chiles '86

Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81

Click here to read about the 2020 Laureates Awards Honorees.

2020 Laureates Selection Committee

Michol Ecklund '97, Chair
Wendy Hoenig '86
Paula Desel ’81
Frank G. Jones '63
Nancy Eubank ’55
Anudeep Jain ’85
Priya Prasad '08
Robert Taylor ’74
John E. Wolf, Jr. ’61