Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

Lab’s highest alumni honor, this award celebrates the accomplishments of alumni across spheres of professional and personal achievement, public and civic service, and philanthropic and volunteer engagement.


The 2021 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

Charis Eng, ’80, AB’82, PhD’86, MD’88

Dr. Eng is the Chair and founding Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Her pioneering contributions and leadership have been critical to the rapid advancement of the interface between basic genetics and genomics research and clinical practice. 

Collectively, Dr. Eng’s body of work has resulted in a key role for molecular-based diagnosis in the management and treatment of autism and related disorders. She is a world leader in the study of such syndromes. At the clinical interface, Dr. Eng is acknowledged as one of the rare "go to" people on what is and how to implement genetic- and -omics-informed personalized healthcare.

Dr. Eng’s journey started at the Laboratory Schools, “where she caught the genetics bug from biology teacher Murray Hozinsky.”



Susan Landau Axelrod, '70, MBA'82


Rising Star Professional Achievement Award

The Rising Star Professional Achievement Award recognizes a Lab alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 30 years and has made an impact in his or her field.

The 2021 Rising Star Professional Achievement Award Winner:

Karim Sulayman, ’94

Karim has garnered international acclaim as a sophisticated and versatile artist, consistently praised for his sensitive and intelligent musicianship, riveting stage presence, and beautiful voice. The 2019 GRAMMY® Award winner for Best Classical Solo Vocal, he regularly performs on the world's stages in orchestral concerts and opera, as well as in recital and chamber music, while forging a standout path in the music of the Italian Baroque. 


Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Laboratory Schools and the alumni community.

The 2021 Alumni Service Award Winners:

Robert Solomon, ’78

A dedicated parent and alumni volunteer, Bob served on Lab’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2011. He was a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee during 2009–10. He later joined the Lab Alumni Association Executive Board and hosted regional alumni engagement events in Washington, DC. Bob is actively involved in fundraising for the Class of 1978 Scholarship Fund and in organizing the class's reunions every five years. Bob’s two daughters also attended Lab.  

Jason Tyler, ’89, MBA’99

Jason has served as a member of the Laboratory Schools Board since 2015, and was named Chair of the Lab Board, effective July 1, 2021. In his role as Chair of the Board’s Planning and Operations Committee, he has helped guide financial decisions at Lab. Jason has worked to keep diversity at the forefront of the Board’s decision making, demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion for all Lab students. In 2020–21, he also co-chaired the search committee for Lab’s new director. Jason and his wife Yolanda are the proud parents of a Lab alumnus and a current student.