2017 Achievement Awards

UC Berkeley and the Cal Alumni Association congratulate the recipients of the Achievement Awards — a collaboration between the Cal Alumni Association and the University to celebrate members of the UC Berkeley community who are pushing the edges of what’s possible. Recipients are formally presented with their awards at the annual Berkeley Charter Gala.

Alumnus of the Year
Paul Jacobs ’84, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89
Berkeley Founders Award Fiat Lux Faculty Award
Ira Hirschfield Edward E. Penhoet
Campanile Excellence in
Achievement Award
Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by Young Alumni
Vanessa Morrison ’90
Margaret Murnane Ph.D. ’89
James Schamus ’82, M.A. ’87, Ph.D. ’03
Michael Gilroy ’09
Jonathan Stein M.P.P./J.D. ’13

2017 Achievement Awards will be presented at Berkeley Charter Gala on May 11, 2017.

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Alumni Awards Archive

From 1943 to 2015, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) recognized outstanding achievements and service of Cal alumni through a portfolio of five annual award categories.

Below are descriptions of the original awards, and links to the past recipients of each.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumnus/a of the Year

The highest honor awarded to a prominent alumnus/a who has achieved distinction through exceptional contribution to our international, national, state, or community welfare. Relevant contribution(s) may occur in a single year or over a span of years, preferably extending into the year of selection.
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Excellence in Achievement

This award honors prominent alumni with records of exceptional career achievement. Past recipients represent a broad range of fields, including business, literature, energy conservation, filmmaking, politics, medicine, education, community development and more.
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Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus/a

This award honors a younger alumnus/a with accomplishments of significant importance at an early stage of his/her career (1-15 years out of school). This award pays tribute to Mark Bingham ’93, who died September 11, 2001, defending the United States on United Airlines Flight 93.
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Alumni Service Awards

Excellence in Service

This award recognizes Cal alumni who have rendered outstanding voluntary service to the Cal Alumni Association and/or the University.
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Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service by a Young Alumnus/a

This award honors young alumni who have made significant contributions of voluntary service to the Cal Alumni Association and/or the University within their first 15 years following graduation. The award pays tribute to Bradford S. King, who died in 1983 at the age of 28. King devoted countless hours to revitalizing University traditions.
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Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award

This award honors a CAA chartered alumni chapter who has rendered outstanding voluntary service to alumni in their local region or area of special interest over the course of the chapter’s existence.
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