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Laureates Nominations

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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, 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. Nominations must be received by October 6 to be considered for the ceremony in the following spring. If you have any questions regarding the nominations process, please contact