Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Awards Presented by NUPTAA

From the Awards Committee: Please consider your fellow alumni and send in nominations for the Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, Research Achievement, and Community Service Achievement Awards (descriptions provided below).

Alumnus of the Year

A Physical Therapist who has earned a degree (including certificate, BS, MPT, MS, DPT, PhD, etc.) from Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and has made and/or continues to make contributions to the program in a variety of ways. The nominee may contribute to the physical therapy program by means of teaching (e.g. guest lecturer, TA, member of panel discussions, etc.), promoting the university program (e.g. liaison for admissions/interviewing potential candidates, assisting at job fairs and/or career nights at area schools), participation in clinical education (e.g. serving as clinical instructor or CCCE, mentoring students), or by promoting the alumni association (e.g. member of the Board of Directors, class representative, committee member). A good candidate will also have made meaningful contributions to the APTA nationally and well as in their state chapter.

Young Alumnus of the Year

A Physical Therapist who has earned a degree (including certificate, BS, MPT, MS, DPT, PhD, etc) from Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences within the past 10 years and has made and/or continues to make contributions to  the profession of physical therapy. This may occur in a variety of ways. The nominee may contribute to a physical therapy program by means of teaching (e.g. guest lecturer, TA, member of panel discussions, etc.), promoting the university program (e.g. liaison for admissions/interviewing potential candidates, assisting at job fairs and/or career nights at area schools)or by participation in clinical education (e.g. serving as clinical instructor or CCCE, mentoring students). Nominees who promote the NUPT alumni association (e.g. member of the Board of Directors, class representative, committee member)or contribute directly to NUPT will be given weighted consideration.  A good candidate will also have made meaningful contributions to the APTA nationally and well as in their state chapter.

Research Achievement Award

A Physical Therapist who has earned a degree (including certificate, BS, MPT, MS, DPT, PhD, etc) from Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and has made and/or continues to make contributions to the program in the area of research. The research, past or present, can be conducted at Northwestern or through an employer, professional organization (e.g. IPTA/APTA, etc), or other educational institution(s). The nature and content of the research should improve the profession as a whole by contributing objective measurement and sound reasoning to the practice of Physical Therapy.

Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement Award

A Physical Therapist who has earned a degree (including certificate, BS, MPT, MS, DPT, PhD, etc) from Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and has made and/or continues to make contributions to the community to promote awareness of physical therapy, educate on its role in prevention of health related diseases or injuries, provide support for various health-related issues and/or provide treatment to underserved communities that require physical therapy care. A good candidate will exemplify important achievement either as individuals or development of programs that impact the community in any of the following areas: Education, Disaster Services, Disease Prevention, Healthy Futures, Underserved or Rural Areas and/or Veterans and Military Families.

Nominate an NUPT Alumnus for one of these awards

All nominations will be considered completed when the nominee's Curriculum Vitae and 3 letters of recommendation are received by January 15.

Send all information to:

margaret-wente@northwestern.edu

Or by mail to:

Awards Committee
c/o Margaret Danilovich
NUPTHMS
645 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611.

2017 Award Recipients

2017 Alumnus of the Year
Paula Goga Eppenstein ('92)

2017 Young Alumnus of the Year
Laura Miller McPherson ('12)

2017 Research Achievement
Marcie Harris Hayes (’96)

2017 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Nate Coomer ('06)

2016 Award Recipients

2016 Alumnus of the Year
Rachel Tappan ('96)

2016 Young Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Justin Lantz ('12)

2016 Research Achievement
Dr. Mary Massery (’77)

2016 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Susan Davis ('77)

2015 Award Recipients

2015 Alumnus of the Year
Bill Healey ('93)

2015 Young Alumnus of the Year
Lindsey Plass ('12)

2015 Research Achievement
Lois Hedman (’87)

2015 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Toni Sander ('87)

2014 Award Recipients

2014 Alumnus of the Year
Joe Farrell ('76)

2014 Young Alumnus of the Year
Kristin Liebl ('08)

2014 Research Achievement
Alison Chang ('96)

2014 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Demetra John ('77)