The McGuire Family Prize for Societal Impact

The McGuire Family Prize for Societal Impact recognizes and rewards Dartmouth community members who have contributed toward or are responsible for making a significant positive impact on humanity, society, or the environment.

About the Prize

The Prize — established through the generosity of Thayer Board of Advisors member Terry McGuire Th'82 P'08 and his wife Carolyn Carr McGuire Tu'83 P'08 — will be given annually in the amount of $100,000.

Terry McGuire
Terry McGuire Th'82 P'08, Founding Partner of Polaris Partners and Thayer Board of Advisors member since 2000. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Areas of impact for consideration include:

  • technological innovations
  • organizational creation
  • societal leadership
  • betterment of humanity
  • environmental stewardship
  • fundamental discovery

Recipients will be invited to visit Dartmouth and participate in classroom discussions, lectures and/or other activities that give students and/or the broader Dartmouth community an opportunity to learn about the recipient's human-centered impact on individuals, society, and the world.


The Prize may be awarded to any member of the Dartmouth community such as a student, faculty or staff member, alumnus, or friend of Dartmouth, and can be given posthumously.

Nomination / Selection Process

Nominations for the 2022 Prize have closed. The selection process, rules and criteria are at the discretion of the Dean of Engineering, or her designee, and the Prize Selection Committee.

Carolyn Carr McGuire Tu'83
Carolyn Carr McGuire Tu'83, Tuck School of Business alumna and co-founder of Community Consulting Teams of Boston. (Photo by Laura DeCapua)

Prize Selection Committee

Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2022 Prize have closed.


Jason McLellan - McGuire Prize

Jason McLellan Named Inaugural McGuire Prize Recipient

Jason McLellan, a structural biologist whose groundbreaking coronavirus research conducted at the Geisel School of Medicine laid the foundation for COVID-19 vaccines that have saved countless lives, has been named the inaugural recipient of the $100,000 McGuire Family Prize for Societal Impact.