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University Awards

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To recognize excellence in teaching, distinguished service, and academic achievement, Stanford honors faculty, staff and students through several annual university awards.

The Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Gores Award is the university’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Each year, Gores Awards recognize faculty and teaching staff members who have made special contributions to teaching in its broadest sense, including lecturing, tutoring, advising, and discussion leading. 

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The Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education

At least two Dinkelspiel Awards recognizes distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education or the quality of student life at Stanford by faculty and staff. Two awards are also given each year to graduating seniors who have combined praiseworthy academic achievement with significant contributions to undergraduate student life.

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The Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford University

The Cuthbertson Award, which is open to all members of the Stanford community, recognizes extraordinary contributions to the achievement of university goals. Such contributions may include, unusually distinguished service, uncommon ingenuity in meeting university objectives, or exceptional intelligence, diligence, and sensitivity in discharging responsibilities.

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The President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity

The President’s Awards honor individuals and programs that have made exceptional contributions to enhancing and supporting diversity within the Stanford community. The awards are intended to recognize that a diverse campus community enhances our institutional excellence by broadening and strengthening the university's mission of teaching, learning and scholarship.

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President's Award for the Advancement of the Common Good

With the President’s Award for the Advancement of the Common Good, Stanford celebrates the work and commitment of undergraduate and graduate alumni making a difference in their communities and the world through their dedication to public service. Award nominees exemplify the university’s mission and values, and demonstrate a commitment to learning, social responsibility, and ethical and effective service. Award recipients will have demonstrated exemplary contributions through some combination of their professional and personal endeavors.