The prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Awards serve to recognize students, faculty, and alumni who exemplify leadership, learning, and loyalty at the University of Iowa.

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Through the generosity of Hands of Iowa City and The University of Iowa Center for Advancement, medallions are now awarded to four students, a professor, and a member of the alumni family each year. Women and men are equally eligible to receive this symbol of the University’s highest esteem.

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Aliasger Salem, Department of Chemistry (2020)

M. L. Huit Faculty Award

The Marion L. Huit Faculty Award was established in 1978 to recognize M. L. Huit's outstanding dedication and service to students of The University of Iowa during his tenure as dean of students. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who best characterizes M. L. Huit's contributions to university and community life. Dean Huit exemplified the qualities of dedication to, concern for, and interaction with students.

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Elizabeth Willis, Creative Writing Program (2019)

James N. Murray Faculty Award

The James N. Murray Award was established by the Beta Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1985 in honor of the late James N. Murray, UI professor and past chair of the Department of Political Science. Professor Murray was also an ODK alum. The Murray Award is designed to honor an untenured faculty member, typically a younger scholar with less than six years of UI service, who has demonstrated outstanding rapport with students and who creates an exemplary classroom atmosphere.

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Lina-Maria Murillo, Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (2021)