Distinguished Alumni Award program

The Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded annually to alumni of the School of Nursing whose career contributions in nursing or health care are distinctive for their impact and have been recognized regionally, nationally and/or internationally. The award is presented during the annual School of Nursing Homecoming Luncheon.


  • Alumni of the U-M School of Nursing
  • Nominee has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the nursing profession
  • Nominee has made a significant impact on the profession of nursing
  • Nominee has made advances and improvements to the nursing profession
  • Nominee has advanced knowledge through rigorous inquiry
  • Nominee actively supports the mission and vision of the U-M School of Nursing
  • Has not received a previous Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Is not a current member of the Awards Committee and/or the Board of Governors of the U-M School of Nursing Alumni Society


Upload the candidate’s curriculum vita or resume. (Limit: 8 pages)
Nominators need not be alumni of the U-M School of Nursing.

Self-nominations are not accepted.



Nominations must be received by the Office of Alumni Relations by March 31, 2020.

Previous Awardees

2019 - Jane Barnsteiner (Ph.D. ’84)
2018 - Dr. Helen Erickson (BSN '74, MS '76)
2017 - Dr. Joanne Disch (Ph.D. '85)


Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement: nursingalum@umich.edu or 734-763-9710