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Chancellor's Honors


The Chancellor's Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements.

The 2010 banquet was held April 19th at the University Center. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, and organizations were honored.

Highest Honors

  • stylized torch illustration Torchbearer
    The highest student honor, the Torchbearer is awarded to seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence.
  • stylized mace illustration Macebearer
    The highest faculty honor, the Macebearer is awarded to a faculty member who has exhibited longstanding commitment and service to the university community.

Diversity and Campus Environment Awards

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  • LGBT Advocate Award
    Awarded to faculty, staff, or students who demonstrate leadership, integrity, and outstanding contributions to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues on campus.
  • Notable UT Woman Award
    Awarded to women from three rotating categories—administrator, alumnae, faculty and staff—who have made outstanding contributions to the university.
  • Ready for the World Award
    Awarded to a faculty member who has worked in exceptional ways to enhance intercultural and international awareness among undergraduates.

Outreach and Service Awards

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  • Extraordinary Service to the University
    Awarded to faculty, administrative-professional personnel, clerical-supporting staff, alumni, and friends who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the university.
  • L. R. Hesler Award
    Awarded to faculty with outstanding teaching abilities and  service to the university community.
  • Public Service Award
    Awarded to faculty with outstanding service to the public.

Research and Creative Achievement Awards

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  • Jefferson Prize
    Awarded to tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity or who have made other significant achievements that might not be recognized in the usual university reward system.

  • Research and Creative Achievement
    Awarded to tenured faculty who have received national or international recognition in their field.
  • Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement
    Awarded to tenured or tenure track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise in their areas of research and creative achievement.

Student Awards

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  • Extraordinary Professional Promise
    Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research or other contributions.
  • Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award
    Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to the spirit of cultural enrichment and the appreciation of differences on campus.
  • Scholar Athlete
    Awarded to students who excel exceptionally in both scholarship and athletics.
  • Top Collegiate Scholar
    Awarded to undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.

Teaching Awards

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