Due to the ongoing health crisis, and in keeping with the University's commitment to protecting the health of our community, we are postponing our announcement until a time when we can celebrate our honoree most appropriately together.  Stay tuned!  

We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.  

For questions, please contact Kristin Matthews at (631) 632-6130.

About the Award

Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes and pays tribute to outstanding Stony Brook University alumni whose exceptional achievements and careers reflect the highest values embraced and promoted by both Stony Brook University and the Stony Brook University Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest and most prestigious award the Stony Brook Alumni Association honors to its alumni.

Award Eligibility and Criteria


To be eligible for the Distinguished Alumni Award, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Nominees must be conferred with a degree from Stony Brook University.
  • Nominees must have graduated 15 years ago or more.
  • Alumni cannot currently be employees of the University, voting members of the Board of Trustees, or current members of the Alumni Board.
  • Must be living and physically able to participate in person at the award celebrations (no posthumous nominations).
  • Nominee cannot be a prior DAA award recipient.

Anyone may submit a nomination for a Stony Brook University alum. Self nominations are accepted but must be submitted with a letter of endorsement. No self nominations will be accepted without a supporting letter.


To be eligible for nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • The nominee embodies the values and core principles and mission of Stony Brook University. For example, he or she may:
    • carry out research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards that advance knowledge and have immediate or long-range practical significance
    • provide leadership for economic/business growth, health, technology, and culture for neighboring communities and their wider geographic region
    • demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the traditionally underserved; celebrating diversity and position themself as a leader in their respective global community.
  • The nominee must have a proven ability to think critically and act decisively, providing national leadership in his/her profession, industry or communities in bold new directions.
  • The nominee must be a person of such integrity that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Stony Brook University take pride in and are inspired by his/her work and accomplishments.


Nominations are now closed.  

For questions, please contact Kristin Matthews at (631) 632-6130.

Please click here   to view previous Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients.


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