Recognition Awards

The Graduate School (TGS) annually recognizes outstanding members of our community committed to service excellence through the Ver Steeg and McBride Awards. Read more about these honors below, or review the Nomination Procedures to recognize a faculty, staff, or student. You can also view a list of Past Recipients.

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 recognizes one outstanding non-faculty staff person and one Graduate Faculty member each year for excellence in work with graduate students in The Graduate School.

Staff play important roles in the academic and personal well-being of graduate students; they welcome, orient, advise, encourage, support, and advocate for students. The Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Staff Award recognizes the importance to graduate education of the academic, organizational and administrative skills and contributions of Northwestern University’s professional, administrative, and support staff.

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

Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Award recipients will receive a certificate of recognition and a $3,000 award.

McBride Award

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, this award recognizes an outstanding student who makes contributions in the areas of diversity, service, or engagement: the strategic priorities McBride worked to foster in the graduate community at Northwestern.

Students who work to impact the graduate community at Northwestern in any or all three of the areas of diversity, service, and engagement are recognized with this award of $3,000. Recipients go above and beyond the call of duty to create an environment that is welcoming to all.