Honors & Recognition

The University of Minnesota values the accomplishments and successes of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The GPS Alliance coordinates several award competitions to honor these individuals.

Award for Global Engagement

University-wide award given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline.

C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives

Highlights the work of faculty and staff who have taken the initiative—and perhaps some risk—to internationalize in innovative ways.

Mestenhauser Student Award

Acknowledges important work being done by students to internationalize the curriculum and campus.


Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals

University-wide award for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

Honored International Academician

Honorary title meant to recognize faculty from institutions outside the U.S. who contribute to the University’s international education and research mission.

Other University honors