Recognizing Excellence - University Award Programs
There are many programs at the university to recognize outstanding service to the university community.
Andy AwardsThe Andy Awards, named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon University. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university are recognized for their outstanding performance and commitment to excellence through the Andy Awards program. Awards are given in six categories: Dedication, Commitment to Students, Innovation, Culture, University Citizenship and Community Contributions. Nominations are accepted in the first half of the summer, with the awards ceremony being held in the early fall.
Celebration of Education Awards
A Celebration of Teaching recognizes the accomplishments of faculty who exemplify the university’s standards of excellence in education. It celebrates our distinguished faculty members on their outstanding contributions to the university and their devotion to and effectiveness in their teaching.The awards ceremony is held in late spring each year.
Barbara Lazarus Award
The Barbara Lazarus Award was created by Carnegie Mellon in 2004 to sustain and celebrate the spirit and legacy of Barbara Lazarus. It recognizes exemplary contributions to fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty at Carnegie Mellon. Nominations are accepted at the beginning of the Spring semester, and the award is presented at the Celebration of Teaching event held every spring.
Established in 2009, The Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework and a deliberate process of student reflection to enhance the learning experience and teach social responsibility to students while improving some aspect of life in the community. Nominations are accepted at the beginning of the Spring semester, and the award is presented at the Celebration of Teaching event held every spring.
First presented in 1950, the Alumni Awards recognize alumni, faculty and students for their service to the university and for their achievements in the arts, humanities, sciences, technology and business. To date more than 750 individuals have been honored through the program. Awards are given during homecoming each year.