The Père Marquette Discovery Award is the university's highest honor. In the spirit of the discoveries of Père Jacques Marquette, the award honors those who achieve an extraordinary breakthrough that adds to human knowledge or the advancement of humanity.
They are Jesuits and journalists. Astronauts and actors. Super Bowl-winning defensive ends and scientists. Congressmen and crusaders for educational opportunity. First ladies and philanthropists.
These are only some of the luminaries Marquette has honored with awards for teaching and research excellence and honorary degrees for their contributions to the betterment of society.