Honorary Recognition


The nomination period has been extended to May 8, 2020. Please email alumni@cals.wisc.edu with any questions.

Each year CALS recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, their chosen career fields, and the citizens of the state and the nation. CALS has three awards: the Honorary Recognition Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Each award will be presented to individuals who:

  • Regularly go above and beyond their regular job duties;
  • have made a difference in Wisconsin, the nation and/or the world; and
  • pursued a career and/or extracurricular activities that support the mission of CALS.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients should also have demonstrated loyalty to the University of Wisconsin and CALS by participating in events, donating to the university, and/or advocating on behalf of the UW.

In addition to the above list, Distinguished Service Award recipients should also have made significant contributions as an employee of the college.

Information on requirements for a nomination are below. Nominations have been extended to May 8, 2020.

The 2020 Honorary Recognition Awards Banquet and Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 15 at Union South.

About the Awards

The Honorary Recognition Award – Established in 1909, this award was championed by Dean Harry L. Russell and Wisconsin Governor William D. Hoard. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership, integrity and unselfish service, making significant contributions in the areas of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social science. Over the past 100 years, the college has saluted more than 500 individuals who have given both time and talent to improve the lives of many and enrich society for us all.

The Distinguished Service Award – This award was established in 1994 in celebration of the college’s excellent faculty and staff. This award recognizes university faculty and staff members for exceptionally meritorious service to the college and university, to the citizens of Wisconsin, and to people around the nation and the world.

The Distinguished Alumni Award – Introduced in 2009, this award recognizes a career of outstanding achievement through extraordinary contributions to one’s chosen field or an exemplary record of public service.

For previous award winners: Award Recipients 1909 – 2019