The Lauds & Laurels Awards were created in 1971 by the UCI Alumni Association to recognize the achievements of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who have helped advance UCI’s goals and objectives. Initially the names of awardees were kept secret until the formal spring banquet was held; honorees are now announced before the ceremony. But in keeping with the tradition of discretion, nominees are selected by fellow members of the UCI community through confidential nominations, and awardees are then selected by committee.
|The original award categories were:||Award categories as of 2017:|
|Extraordinarius Award||Extraordinarius Award|
|The Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award||Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award|
|The Distinguished Faculty Research Award|
|Outstanding Staff Achievement Award|
The Outstanding Senior Award
|Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award|
|Outstanding Graduate Student Award|
|The Alumnus of the Year Award||Distinguished Alumni Awards|
|Distinguished Young Alumnus Award|
|Outstanding Alumni Athlete
|The Community Service Award|
The University Service Award
Photograph: University of California, Irvine, University Communications Photographs. AS-061, Box 35. University of California, Irvine Libraries. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Accessed Dec. 8, 2017.
Photograph: University of California, Irvine, University Communications photographs. AS- 061, Box 42. University of California, Irvine Libraries. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Accessed Dec. 8, 2017.