- Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1982)
- School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (1974)
Mildred Pauline Adams served on the Indiana University faculty for 24 years, making major international contributions to the field of health care. After leaving the Bloomington campus with a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing Education, and a Doctorate of Education, she moved to the School of Nursing.
While there, she carried a major responsibility for curriculum development and became chairperson of graduate teacher education and counselor for international students. She also served as IU's nursing ambassador abroad; recruiting and education students who add ethnic and cultural diversity to the nursing profession, and fostering good will and understanding between nations. From 1959-1961, Dr. Adams was Chief of Party on an Agency for International Development contract, with Indiana University, to assist nurses in Korea. She was also named a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization in 1967-1968. Dr. Adams served as president of the Indiana State Board of Nursing Education for a decade, was elected to education and nursing honoraries, and was a member of several major nursing professional organizations.
Throughout her career, Dr. Adams visited IU nursing alumni throughout the world, and volunteered her services to the School of Nursing and the Alumni Association.