Since 1986, the UCR Alumni Association has honored graduates who personify the university’s tradition of excellence and service. Through their personal and professional achievements, these individuals bring distinction to UCR, contribute to the betterment of society and enhance their communities.
Honorees are celebrated and presented their awards at our annual awards ceremony. Learn about the 2020 award recipients below.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
The most prestigious honor bestowed by the UCR Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is based on national and international distinction in one’s field and significant contribution to humankind.
Anthea Hartig, Ph.D. ’79
Anthea Hartig is an American historian and museum administrator who is the director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. She is the museum's first woman director.
Alumni Service Award
This award honors superior service in the public sector or a sustained pattern of volunteer service in the community, arts or for the benefit of UCR that has positively represented the university and fellow citizens.
Pedram Salimpour ’90
Pedram Salimpour is a recognized health care executive accomplished in both quality of care as well as business leadership. He co-founded a healthcare technology services company specializing in disease management programs and helped grow it to national prominence.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
This award recognizes alumni aged 40 or younger with a significant record of career and/or civic achievement and promise in their profession.
Fatima Farheen Mirza ’13
Fatima Farheen Mirza started writing her first novel in a classroom at UC Riverside. Following her passion to pursue writing full time, she changed majors from pre-med to creative writing and her debut novel “A Place for Us” was the first book to be released by Sarah Jessica Parker’s new publishing imprint, SJP for Hogarth.
Who is eligible for nomination?
Current members of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination.
Who can make nominations?
Alumni, friends, former award recipients, professional colleagues and members of the UCR community are encouraged to submit nominations.
Nominations from colleagues and associates will be given greater consideration than self-nominations.
What is required of nominees?
The awardees must attend the awards ceremony. The awards may not be conferred in absentia; however, they may be granted posthumously.
Can an individual be nominated in multiple categories?
Nominations are accepted in multiple categories; however, the Awards Committee reserves the right to consider nominees for the category it deems most appropriate.
When should nominations be submitted?
Nominations for the Alumni Awards of Distinction are accepted year-round. Nominees not selected for the current year will remain on file for three years for future consideration. The same paperwork may be used for an additional two years before a new nomination is required. However, those who wish to submit new paperwork are welcome to do so.