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.
The medal was designed by IU artist and professor Jeeyea Kim to signify the impact and outward trajectory of Indiana University in the state, nation, and world. It is cast out of metals salvaged from the bells that hung in the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus, giving recipients a lasting piece of IU history. Learn more about the design and production of the Bicentennial Medal.