Recognition Awards

The Graduate School (TGS) annually recognizes outstanding members of our community committed to service excellence through the Ver Steeg and McBride Awards.

Please read more about these honors below and review the Nomination Procedures to recognize a faculty or staff member (Ver Steeg Awards), or a postdoctoral trainee or TGS graduate student (McBride Awards). You can also view a list of Past Recipients here.

Ver Steeg Awards

Named for Clarence Ver Steeg, former Northwestern University Professor in History and Dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986, this award annually recognizes one outstanding non-faculty staff member and one graduate faculty member for excellence in working with TGS students.

Graduate faculty members play a critical role in supporting and encouraging the academic and professional development of graduate students. They are advisers and role models for students in research, ethical conduct, professional responsibility, and personal development. The Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Faculty Award provides The Graduate School community the opportunity to recognize an individual faculty member for their outstanding efforts in these areas.

Staff members play important roles in the academic and personal well-being of graduate students. They welcome, orient, advise, encourage, support, and advocate for their needs. The skills of Northwestern's professional, administrative, and support staff play a significant role in graduate education and contribute to the overall graduate experience. The Clarence Ver Steeg Staff Award provides The Graduate School community the opportunity to recognize an individual staff member for their outstanding efforts in these areas.

Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Award recipients will be recognized at our Spring Recognition Reception and receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award.

McBride Awards

Named for Dwight A. McBride, former Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English & Performance Studies, Dean of The Graduate School, and Associate Provost for Graduate Education from 2010 to 2017, the Dwight A. McBride Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Trainee Awards recognize one TGS student and one postdoctoral trainee who go above and beyond in any or all of the areas of diversity, service, and engagement: the strategic priorities McBride worked to foster in the graduate community at Northwestern. These awards recognize those who work to create an environment that is welcome to all.

McBride Award recipients will be recognized at our Spring Recognition Reception and receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award.