Honors and Awards

Binghamton University annually honors faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University with awards for outstanding achievement or service to the University. These forms of recognition cross a broad range of 

University Medal

Established in 1991 by President Lois B. DeFleur, the University Medal is the highest honor bestowed by Binghamton University. The University Medal is given at the discretion of the Binghamton University president to recognize path-breaking achievements and true excellence in one's career accomplishments; a distinguished commitment to Binghamton University, higher education and the pursuit of knowledge; and/or a demonstrated commitment to the betterment of society through exceptional leadership and mentorship of the next generation. Commensurate with other prestigious accolades at Binghamton University, the University Medal is typically conferred at Commencement or other celebratory events to publicly honor the accomplishments of the recipient and recognize the ideals which Binghamton University seeks to foster among its premier students and esteemed faculty and staff.

There is no formal nomination process for the University Medal, though the President's Office welcomes suggestions regarding outstanding individuals. Nominees should be individuals whose life and work has enhanced the community, state, nation or world. Special consideration will be given to those who meet these requirements and who are distinguished by their support for Binghamton University.

Previous Medal recipients

Honorary Degrees

Honorary degrees are awarded by SUNY on behalf of Binghamton University. These awards recognize personal excellence and extraordinary achievement and honor meritorious and outstanding service to the University, the State of New York, the United States or to humanity at large. Binghamton University welcomes nominations for honorary degrees.

SUNY guidelines for awarding honorary degrees

Binghamton University guidelines and previous honorary degree recipients: The Office of the President annually invites nominations, which typically should be submitted before the end of March for consideration for the following year's Commencement.

Distinguished Professorships

Distinguished Faculty Rank programs encourage ongoing commitment to excellence, kindle intellectual vibrancy, elevate the standards of instruction and enrich contributions to public service. They demonstrate the State University's pride and gratitude for the consummate professionalism, groundbreaking scholarship, exceptional instruction, and breadth and significance of service contributions of its faculty.

Distinguished rank can be granted for significant contributions to the research and scholarship, or through artistic performance or achievement in the fine and performing arts, service, teaching or librarianship. 

SUNY guidelines for distinguished professorships

Binghamton policy for nominations for promotion to distinguished professor: A call for nominations is made each fall by the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, including a timeline for completion of nominations.

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are awarded by SUNY to recognize superior professional achievement and to encourage the continued excellence among faculty, staff and students. The nomination period is usually mid-December, but varies for some awards. To nominate faculty and staff, contact the individual's dean's office or the office of the divisional vice president. For guidelines and deadlines for each individual award, follow the links below.

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching: Nomination dossiers should be submitted to the dean's office of the nominees school no later than Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the dean's offices to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost no later than Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the deans' offices to the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu no later than Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Faculty Service: Nomination dossiers should be submitted to the dean's office of the nominee's school no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the dean's offices to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the deans' offices to the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu no later than Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Librarianship: A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the dean of the libraries to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, Dec.12, 2014. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the dean of the libraries to the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu no later than Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities: Nominations should be submitted to Jennifer Metcalf at jmetcalf@binghamton.edu by Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching: Nomination dossiers should be submitted to the dean's office of the nominee's school no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the dean's offices to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the deans' offices to the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu no later than Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service: Nominations are due to Tracey Debnar at tdebnar@binghamton.edu by Friday, Dec. 12, 214, and completed dossiers are due by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service: Nominations are due to Tracey Debnar at tdebnar@binghamton.edu by Friday, Dec. 12, 214, and completed dossiers are due by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence: Deadline to nominate a senior is Friday, Dec. 12; deadline to nominate a junior is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

Previous Faculty/Staff Chancellor's and University Award Recipients

Council/Foundation Awards

The Council/Foundation Award for service to the University is the combined award of the Binghamton University Council and the Binghamton University Foundation presented annually to one faculty member, one staff member, one undergraduate student and one graduate student from the University community. The nomination process will be announced soon. 

Faculty awards

Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring: The Graduate School will contact graduate directors with submission details each year. Submit nominations electronically to The Graduate School by the first Friday in March.

Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for Academic Achievement: The Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize is given to a faculty member or a group of faculty for an achievement that increases Binghamton University's reputation for excellence, innovation and collaborative endeavors. Achievements in teaching, scholarship and public service are all eligible. Faculty members at any stage of their career are eligible and achievements should rise above general expectations for a high level of faculty performance.

The $10,000 prize is awarded annually for a specific contribution, as opposed to a career of accomplishments, distinguishing the criteria for this prize from those used in tenure and promotion decisions. To qualify, the contribution must not only be recognized on campus, but it must also have received acclaim beyond the campus from peers or an organization. Nominations should include a description of the achievement and its demonstrable recognition.

These flexible funds are intended to enhance the awardees' teaching, research and/or service activities and, thereby, further the University's mission. The final deadline for nominations for this academic year is ???. Submit nominations to Michael F. McGoff, senior vice provost, Office of the Provost, at mmcgoff@binghamton.edu.

Outstanding Graduate Director Award: Submit nominations to the Graduate School by the first Friday in March.

Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Nominators should indicate their intention to nominate a faculty colleague with a notice to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu by Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. All nomination materials should be submitted electronically or on paper to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost or at pdugan@binghamton.edu by Friday, March 27, 2014.

Provost's Teaching AwardNomination dossiers should be submitted to the dean's office of the nominee's school no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. A list of names of nominees must be submitted by the dean's offices to Allie Dugan in the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Completed nomination dossiers must be submitted electronically by the deans' offices to the Office of the Provost at pdugan@binghamton.edu no later than Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

University Award for Excellence in International Education: Nomination dossiers should be submitted electronically to Cheryl Nestlerode, the secretary to the vice provost for international affairs, at cnestle@binghamton.edu no later than Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Student awards

President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence: Deadline to nominate a junior is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (Note that students who receive a President's Award in their junior year are automatically nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in their senior year. No additional nomination letters are required, but the student must provide an updated résumé.)

Graduate Student Excellence Award in Teaching: Nominations are due by the first Friday in November.

Graduate Student Excellence Award in Research: Nominations are due by the first Friday in November.

Graduate Student Excellence Award in Service/Outreach: Nominations are due by the first Friday in November.

Distinguished Dissertation Award: Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on the first Friday of March for the year's competition. 

2014-2015 Awards Calendar for graduate students

The Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards works with undergraduate and graduate students to identify funding opportunities and assist during the application process. It has a searchable database — Scholarship and Other Award Resources (SOAR) — to identify and review information on scholarships, fellowships, summer opportunities, dissertation support, research support, post-graduation opportunities and more.

Professional Employees Council (PEC) awards

Distinguished Service Award: Nominations are due by June 30.

Professional Development Grant: Application deadline is April 30.

Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards

The Binghamton University Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and community through its Special Recognition Awards Program. Nominations are due electronically to Melinda Holicky, associate director of alumni volunteer engagement, at mholicky@binghamton.edu for the following year's award.

The Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award: See the eligibility criteria for this award.

The Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs: See the eligibility criteria for this award.

The Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumni Award: See the eligibility criteria for this award.

The Alumni Achievement Award:See the eligibility criteria for this award.

See the list of all previous award recipients.

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Last Updated: 10/22/14