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The annual Alumni Awards program is one of CU Boulder's longest-standing traditions — and it can't happen without you! 

Each year, we recognize the accomplishments of some of our most inspirational alumni, faculty, staff and students. But first, we need you to tell us about these amazing Forever Buffs. 

Nominations for our 2022 Alumni Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for details about our awards ceremony during Homecoming 2022. 

The nomination process is easier than ever

We’ve assembled a list of steps you can take to nominate an alum, student, faculty or staff member for one of the six prestigious Alumni Awards. Following these steps will ensure your application presents your nominee at their best.

  1. Review the six award descriptions and evaluation criteria below to decide which award your candidate best fits.
  2. Check to see if your candidate has already received the Alumni Award for which you are nominating them by clicking on the individual award page through the descriptions below. Previous winners are listed on each award page. Once a candidate receives an award, they are not eligible to be nominated for the same award again. 
  3. Prepare your submission materials. Each nomination should include the nominee’s résumé or LinkedIn profile and a maximum of 3 supporting documents. Supporting documents can include media articles, websites, additional statements of support, other awards or achievements (personal and/or professional), etc. Letters of recommendation are no longer a requirement for a nomination submission. 
  4. Gather all supporting documents prior to the submission deadline of May 16, 2022. We use an online tool called Submittable to collect nominations for our Alumni Awards. This tool allows you, the nominator, to create a username and password and log in to make updates to a nomination submission as many times as they would like before final submission. Questions on using Submittable can be sent to Brennan Jones at
  5. Once the nomination is formally submitted, it is not possible to make changes. Please make sure you have clearly reviewed all submission criteria and your application has been thoroughly checked before you submit.
    Please note: This selection process is extremely competitive. Often, strong candidates that are not selected one year may have a stronger showing the next year. Also, consider nominating your candidate for a different award. Perhaps they were not a good fit for the Norlin Award, but might be a great fit for the Alumni Recognition Award.

Any nominees who are not selected for an award can be nominated again two more times and do not have to be submitted in concurrent years. A nominee is no longer eligible for an Alumni Award after three nominations.