Laureates Nominations

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The Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Laureates Awards!

The Laureates Awards Program has been a defining part of Rice and its culture of celebrating excellence. The 85-year tradition has recognized outstanding individuals and their impact on their professions, local communities and the university.

The success of the Laureates Awards Program relies upon members from the Rice community like you who nominate alumni, friends and volunteers exemplifying the criteria of these awards:

Meritorious Service: Recognizes those who have made significant, sustained and voluntary contributions toward the advancement of the university.

Distinguished Alumni: Presented to alumni who have advanced the interests and standards of excellence of the university through distinctive professional or volunteer careers.

Gold Medal: The highest possible honor awarded by the ARA for extraordinary service to the university.


To submit a nomination for one of the three Laureates awards, please complete the following form. Nominations must include at least three letters, including a nominating letter and two letters of support. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Please read nomination guidelines.

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 alumni@rice.edu.

The deadline to submit a nomination (and the supporting documents) for the 2023 Laureates Awards is Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

To save and resume later, you must copy and save the provided URL to retrieve your nomination.