Awards and Honors

Graphic for Kent State Alumni Awards Kent State University is proud to announce its 2020 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the alumni association, the Alumni Awards are the university’s most prestigious honors given to alumni. “We were once again...

A Kent State University student walks on the K in Risman Plaza. Kent State University shines again in the new 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Kent State is the highest-ranking public university in Northern Ohio on the Top Public Schools and Best National Universities lists in the newly released rankings.   Kent State is again named among the Top Public Schools, ranking No. 109. In...

Kent State University Assistant Professor Scott Hallgren from the School of Media and Journalism teaches a class in an auditorium during the 2020 Fall Semester. University is one of only three Ohio colleges named to prestigious list Kent State University is being recognized for the ninth time as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities, and ModernThink LLC, a consulting firm. Now in its 13th year, the “Great Colleges to...

Michelle Bebber sprays an air freshener in a bathroom. It’s not a Nobel Prize, but it’ll make you laugh, and then think. It’s the Ig Nobel Prize, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University would like to congratulate the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize winners for Materials Science: a team of researchers in its Department of Anthropology. In 2019, the team published...

Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe, physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 Fall Semester.  Kent State University’s commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus has received acknowledgement from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, for an eighth consecutive year. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has selected Kent State as a recipient of the 2020 Higher...

Rami Daud and Nathaniel Bailey, photographers with University Communications and Marketing, smile after receiving their Silver ADDY Awards. (Photo credit: Smithberger Photography) Kent State University brought home the gold after this year’s Akron ADDY Awards, with both professionals and students being recognized for their work. The ADDYs, put on by the Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, celebrate the area’s best creative work in advertising.   A Gold ADDY was awarded...

Photo collage of Kent State women Kent State University has won the Mid-American Conference’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) for women’s sports award for the first time in school history. The award is given annually and designed to recognize the conference institution with the highest overall combination of both grade point average (GPA) and Academic Progress Rate rank...

Kent State University employees pose for a group photo during the 2019 New Hire Diversity Luncheon held on Nov. 6, 2019. For the second year in a row, Kent State University has the distinction of ranking among the top 20 companies nationwide in Forbes’ recently released list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020. Kent State ranks No. 13 among 500 companies in 24 industry sectors and is the only Ohio public or private college or university to make the...

Alfreda Brown (center), Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, receives the 2020 Diversity Trailblazer Award. She is pictured with Patricia Ackerman (left) and Kent State President Todd Diacon (right). As part of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held Jan. 24, Kent State University has announced the 2020 recipients of its Diversity Trailblazer Award, Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity and Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. Diversity Trailblazer Award Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and...

Alfreda Brown (center), Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, receives the 2020 Diversity Trailblazer Award. She is pictured with Patricia Ackerman (left) and Kent State President Todd Diacon (right). As part of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held Jan. 24, Kent State University has announced the 2020 recipients of its Diversity Trailblazer Award, Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity and Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. Diversity Trailblazer Award Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and...