Lauds and Laurels
Alumni Award Ceremony and Dinner



You are cordially invited to one of UC Irvine’s most prestigious events of the year – the UC Irvine Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Join us in October as we honor distinguished alumni who have made remarkable contributions to our university and the broader community.

Since 1971, the UC Irvine Alumni Association (UCIAA) and its board of directors has presented Lauds and Laurels, the association’s highest honor at the University of California, Irvine. Lauds and Laurels is one of the university’s oldest awards ceremony, a tradition that has recognized more than 800 members of the UC Irvine community for their service to the university, the community or their profession.
List of Past Recipients >

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Sir David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96

The UC Irvine Alumni Association will bestow its highest honor, the Extraordinarius award, on Sir David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96, at the 2024 Lauds and Laurels ceremony on October 10. This event will recognize MacMillan as well as 21 other highly accomplished Anteaters and celebrate their significant contributions to the university and the broader community.

“UC Irvine changed, shaped and amplified my life in so many measurable and immeasurable ways,” says MacMillan. “It was the start of my research career, and I am honored to receive this recognition from the institution that played such a pivotal role in shaping my journey.”

MacMillan was also honored as a knight bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II as part of her 96th birthday celebration and platinum jubilee. He was acknowledged for his significant scientific contributions and influence, earning him the title Sir David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96.

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Pamina Barkow ’03, MBA ’16

The Paul Merage School of Business

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Tracy Carmichael ’03, Ph.D. ’13

School of Education

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Jonathan H. Chen, Ph.D. ’09, M.D. ’11

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

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Sean Garcia-Leys, J.D. ’16

School of Law

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Manu Gulati ’95

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

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JohnRey Hassan ’10

Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

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Harry Herr, M.D. ’69

School of Medicine

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David Israelsky ’03

School of Humanities

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Sana U. Khan ’86

The Charlie Dunlop School of Biological Sciences

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Kelsey Morgan ’10, Ph.D. ’24

School of Social Ecology

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Tony Ortiz ’98

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Susan L. Polan, Ph.D. ’94

Joe C. Wen School of Population & Public Health

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Darcy Prevost, M.F.A. ’09

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Jeffrey Thomson MA ’69, Ph.D. ’72

School of Physical Sciences

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Shelley Thunen ’90, MBA ’92

School of Social Sciences


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Bruce Endsley ’74

Outstanding Alumnus Athlete

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Martha Morales Hernandez, Ph.D. ’24

Outstanding Graduate Student

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Allison Lim ’15

Distinguished Young Alumnus 

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Amy S. Ricks

Outstanding Staff Achievement

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Hassan Shaikh

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

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Toshiki Tajima, Ph.D. ’75

Outstanding Faculty Achievement


ExtraordinariusPaul Butterworth ’74, M.S. ’81 and Jo Butterworth ’75

Distinguished Alumni Awards — These awards recognize UC Irvine alumni whose personal or professional achievements bring honor and distinction to a particular school or discipline, UC Irvine and/or the UC Irvine Alumni Association.

  • Molly Lynch ’79, M.F.A. ’81 Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • Tamera Hatfield ’87, ’88, M.D. ’04 – School of Biological Sciences 
  • Stella Zhang, MBA ’05 – The Paul Merage School of Business 
  • Chris Andersson ’22 – Division of Continuing Education 
  • Carolyn Brothers ’78 – School of Education 
  • Johnny Lincoln, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07 – The Henry Samueli School of Engineering 
  • Patricia Dailey, M.A. ’93, Ph.D. ’02 – School of Humanities 
  • Steve Acterman ’86, MBA ’99 – Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences 
  • Jeffrey Wachs, J.D. ’12 – School of Law 
  • Geraldine Taplin, M.D. ’72 – School of Medicine 
  • Jeffrey Vu ’09, M.S.N. ’14 – Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing 
  • Monica Alfaro Welling ’84 – School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Nancy Evans ’74, M.S. ’84 – School of Physical Sciences 
  • Evelyn Gonzalez ’12 – Program in Public Health 
  • Hafsa Kaka ’04 – School of Social Ecology 
  • Michael Marckx ’87 – School of Social Sciences 


Additional honorees are:

  • Zainab Saadi ’06, M.D. ’13 – Distinguished Young Alumna 
  • Neel Grover ’92 – Outstanding Alumnus Athlete 
  • Barbara Finlayson-Pitts – Outstanding Faculty Achievement 
  • Andrea Wasserman – Outstanding Staff Achievement 
  • Steven Gong – Outstanding Undergraduate Student 
  • Megan Cole ’18, M.A. ’20 – Outstanding Graduate Student 

Joshua Swank — Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Angeline Dukes — Outstanding Graduate Student

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