Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students


This award was created in honor of Marlene F. Richman, who served students with extraordinary commitment and care during a career that spanned four decades. Marlene was a revered career counselor for 36 years and the Resident Master of Burton-Judson during her career at the University of Chicago.

Sadly, Marlene Richman passed away on January 7, 2014. We continue to honor her legacy by annually bestowing this award to an individual who deserves recognition for their excellence and dedication to students. 

The Award

Each year the recipient will have his or her name inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the second floor of the Reynolds Club and will receive an award certificate and extra service payment. Awards are given out during the annual Campus and Student Life picnic each year. 


Only students may submit nominations. Submit your nominations for the Marlene F. Richman Award by Friday, May 28, 2021.


Nominees will be evaluated by four major criteria: communication, time, responsiveness, and respect.

All nominees will receive a certificate recognizing her or his service. 


All full-time staff members of the University are eligible. This award excludes senior management (i.e. deans, directors and officers of the University) and faculty members. Nominations are invited from all students in the University. Previous winners of the Richman Award are not eligible.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of:

  • Student representatives
  • Two Deans of Students
  • Two staff members from Campus and Student Life
  • The previous year's Richman Award recipient


To read about each year's winner and nominees, click on any of the links below: