Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded annually to alumni of the U-M School of Nursing whose career contributions in nursing or health care are distinctive for their impact and have been recognized regionally, nationally and/or internationally. 

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

The University of Michigan School of Nursing and the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee are excited to announce Joyce (Beebe) Thompson, Dr.P.H., RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, as the winner of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Thompson, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees from U-M in 1964 and 1971, respectively, is an internationally recognized nurse ethicist, researcher, educator and practitioner. Her distinguished career reflects a lifelong passion for women’s health and human rights throughout the world.

Read more about this year's award winner.


2017 Alumni Award Recipiant

  • Alumni of the U-M School of Nursing
  • Nominee has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the nursing profession
  • Nominee has made a significant impact on the profession of nursing
  • Nominee has made advances and improvements to the nursing profession
  • Nominee has advanced knowledge through rigorous inquiry
  • Nominee actively supports the mission and vision of the U-M School of Nursing
  • Has not received a previous Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Is not a current member of the Awards Committee 
  • Alumni nominees are not required to hold a specific degree for consideration 


Upload the candidate’s curriculum vita or resume. (Limit: 8 pages)
Nominators need not be alumni of the U-M School of Nursing.

Self-nominations are not accepted.


Nominations must be received by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by May 7, 2021.

Previous Awardees

2020 - Dr. Linda Everett (Ph.D. '98)
2019 - Dr. Jane Barnsteiner (Ph.D. ’84)
2018 - Dr. Helen Erickson (BSN '74, MS '76)
2017 - Dr. Joanne Disch (Ph.D. '85)


Contact the U-M School of Nursing Alumni Relations Liaison, Coreen Abston, at cabston@umich.edu, or 734-647-9474.