Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards

About the Awards

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) has been training veterinary and biomedical sciences leaders for more than 100 years—leaders who make a difference in their profession, their communities, and their respective fields. Their commitment to excellence and the principles they live and practice by are a credit to the educational standards of the college.

Each year, the CVMBS honors exemplary graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.  This award is the highest honor bestowed by the college recognizing those who have reached a level of success in their professional careers that brings credit to both the individual and the CVMBS. Honorees may be graduates of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) professional program, graduate academic programs (M.S., Ph.D.), or Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) undergraduate program.

Established in 2013, the Rising Star Award seeks to recognize graduates of the CVMBS who have completed their education within the last 10 years. These outstanding former students have made significant professional accomplishments early in their careers including public service and volunteer activities that serve to positively reflect upon the college and Texas A&M.


Nominations are accepted through November 30.  Awards are presented at the annual event, which is held the following spring.

Thank you for your participation in the recognition of our former students.



CVMBS Outstanding Alumni

  1. Veterinarians who received their DVM degree from the CVMBS at Texas A&M University.
  2. Individuals who earned an M.S. or Ph.D. from the CVMBS graduate programs, such as Veterinary Pathobiology, Toxicology, or BIMS.
  3. Texas A&M graduates who received their undergraduate degree from the CVMBS.
  4. Nominees may be from any veterinary, medical, or one health professional career field.
  5. Previous recipients of an Outstanding Alumni Award or recipients of the 75th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award are not eligible.
  6. Current faculty and staff at the CVMBS at Texas A&M University are not eligible.

CVMBS Rising Star

  1. CVMBS graduates who have completed their most recent degree within the past ten years.
  2. Previous recipients of a Rising Star or Outstanding Alumni Award are not eligible.
  3. Current faculty and staff at the CVMBS at Texas A&M University are not eligible.
  4. Nominees may be from any veterinary, medical, or one health professional career field.


Nominations are accepted from any former student, a friend of the CVMBS, and/or any faculty or staff member. Nominations will be solicited through the college magazine, the CVMBS website, in the annual announcement of the current recipients that appears in Texas Aggie magazine, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) publications.

Nomination packets should include the following:

  1. A completed nomination form and letter of nomination.
  2. A resume or biography listing educational affiliations, degrees received (including honorary degrees), career accomplishments, public service, and professional awards, as well as noteworthy research and publications.
  3. A minimum of two letters of support.
  4. A brief summary describing the nominee’s accomplishments as they relate to their chosen profession, their community, and society.
  5. Nominees will not be considered unless the resume/biography, a nomination letter, and at least two letters of support have been submitted to the CVMBS by the deadline established and published by the college for the year of consideration. A nomination form and required documentation must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 30.

Nominations may be completed and submitted online using the link above or mailed to the address below (use the link above to download the nomination form). Mail the form and other required supporting materials to:

Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards Selection Committee
Attn: Stephanie Hollis | Alumni Relations | Office of the Dean
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
4461 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-4461

Direct questions to Stephanie Hollis at shollis@cvm.tamu.edu or 979.845.4736.


  1. All completed nominations will be reviewed by a special committee appointed by the Dean of the CVMBS.
  2. The selection committee will recommend up to five recipients for the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards and one nominee for the annual Rising Star Award to the Dean.
  3. Honorees will be announced in early spring, once the selection process is complete.


  • The selected recipients will be recognized at the Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards Celebration in the spring of the recognition year.
  • In addition, the recipients will be announced in CVMBS Today, the college magazine, and Texas Aggie magazine.