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Awards

Please consider your fellow alumni and send in nominations for the following awards.

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 profession of Physical Therapy. This may occur in a variety of ways and 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 (serving as clinical instructor or CCCE, mentoring students)
  • Promoting the Alumni Association (e.g. member of the Board of Directors, class representative, committee member)
  • Upholding the values and ideals of NUPTHMS through their contributions to the profession throughout their career

A good candidate will also have made meaningful contributions to the APTA nationally, as well as in their state chapter.

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.

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)
  • Participation in Clinical Education (e.g. serving as clinical education (e.g. serving as clinical instructor or CCCE, mentoring students).

A good candidate will also have made meaningful contributions to the APTA nationally, as well as in their state chapter.

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.

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 an individual or as part of a group in the 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 Alumnus

To nominate an alumnus, please fill out the award nomination form by July 15th, 2020. 

All nominations will be considered completed when the nominee's curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendations are received by the Awards Committee due later in 2020. 

Send all information to Emily Becker via email at Emily.Becker@northwestern.edu and Brittany Lantry via email at Brittany.Lantry@northwestern.edu or by mail at:

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

Past Recipients

 2020

2020 Alumnus of the Year
Mark Hunter Hall ('97)

2020 Young Alumnus of the Year
Amanda Greene ('09)

2020 Research Achievement
Jane Sullivan ('81)

2020 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Patsy Lawton ('64)

 2019

2019 Alumnus of the Year
Jean Kestner ('87)

2019 Young Alumnus of the Year
Mary Kate Casey ('13)

2019 Research Achievement
Karen Mueller ('87)

2019 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Rick Schurman ('77)

 2018

2018 Physical Therapist of the Year
Doug Conroy ('79)

2018 Young Alumnus of the Year
Natalie Look Reed ('08)

2018 Donna Frownfelter Community Service Achievement
Jennifer Henry ('05)

 2017

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

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

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

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)

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