Bicentennial Medal

Honoring Distinguished and Distinctive Service

The Bicentennial Medal is awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic, or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation, and world. The medals themselves are unique, made from materials salvaged from the old bells which hung in the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus, giving recipients a lasting piece of IU history. The Bicentennial Medal honors distinguished and distinctive service, broadly defined, in support of Indiana University’s mission as a public university, individuals who have enlarged the footprint of IU, or have helped to put IU on the map in unique ways. Those receiving the Bicentennial Medal should be seen as models for future students, faculty, alumni, and organizations to emulate as IU enters its Third Century.


Indiana University is searching for a diverse array of nominees for the Bicentennial Medal who represent the best of the university’s rich history. Nominees can be living individuals or organizations that meet the highest standards and the spirit of the Bicentennial Medal. Alumni and non-alumni residing anywhere in the world are eligible. 

Submitting a Nomination

Nominations are submitted online by filling out the form found below. In addition to basic contact information for the nominee and nominator, please include a description of the significant contributions that the nominee has made on behalf of Indiana University. This statement should not exceed 250 words. You may also optionally attach a resume or CV for the nominee. Nominations will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The final deadline for a nomination to be considered will be January 20, 2020.

Submit a nomination

Selection and Awards

The Office of the Bicentennial will review nominations and make recommendations to the President of Indiana University for final approval. The medals will be awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year, at the 200 Festival (September 26-28, 2019), Founders Day (January 20, 2020), the Bicentennial Alumni Reunion (June 1-6, 2020), and other official events.

Design and Competition

The deadline to submit a design for the Bicentennial Medal Design Competition was April 18, 2018. This open competition attracted designs from around the world. A committee recommended a winning design to the president for final approval, and President McRobbie approved the design in Fall 2018.  


Questions or comments regarding the Bicentennial Medal and the nomination process can be sent to Jon Lozano, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President, Indiana University, at

Bicentennial Medal Committee

  • MaryEllen Bishop, Indiana University Trustee (Chair)
  • Laurie Burns McRobbie, First Lady, Indiana University
  • Peg Faimon, Founding Dean, School of Art, Architecture + Design, IUB
  • Barry Gealt, Fine-Arts Professor Emeritus, IUB
  • Marvin Curtis, Dean, Raclin School of the Arts, IUSB
  • Kathy Z. Anderson, Chair, Indiana Arts Commission
  • Cory Robinson, Professor, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
  • Joel Washington, Artist, Indiana Memorial Union, IUB
  • Gabriel Mo, MFA Student, School of Art, Architecture + Design, IUB
  • Haley Francis-Halstead, Student, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI