Awards and Recognition

MIT has a variety of ways to recognize outstanding community members that help make our Institute a place where we all feel that we belong. These awards are given to individual faculty, staff, students, alumni, and postdocs as well as offices or student groups that have enhanced the diversity of our community and elevated inclusive excellence through outreach and services.

Distinguished PeersThe Office of Minority Education recognizes 4 Distinguished Peers each academic year. There are five nomination categories for Distinguished Peers and four cycles throughout the academic school year.Students
Albert G. Hill PrizeThe Albert G. Hill Prize is awarded to juniors or seniors from underrepresented minority backgrounds who have maintained high academic standards and have made continued contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at MIT.Students
Bridge Builder Award (Individual or Group)The Bridge Builder Award is presented to students and/or student groups for a campaign, initiative, or program that has addressed a campus, local community, or global need and/or have demonstrated a strong commitment to and passion for diversity education and cultural celebration. The recipient will have shown noteworthy collaboration and partnership between student organizations, living groups, dorms, teams, individual students, non-profit organizations, and/or governmental groups to raise awareness, share knowledge, provide solutions, and show commitment to social justice and a more inclusive MIT.Students
Emerging Leader AwardThe Emerging Leader Award is in recognition of a freshman or sophomore and a first- or second-year graduate in our community who has shown a passion and affinity for diversity and inclusion work. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a member who has already made significant contributions to the community and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.Students
John S.W. Kellett ’47 AwardThe John S. W. Kellett ’47 Award recognizes any MIT individual or group for an exceptional and/or sustained commitment to creating a more welcoming environment at MIT, including but not limited to, improving the experience of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender (LBGT), and questioning individuals. The award honors Mr. Kellett, whose spirited support has enabled significant improvements in the lives of members of MIT’s LBGT community.Students
Mens et Manus AwardThe Mens et Manus Award is in recognition of a senior and a graduating masters or doctoral candidate in our community who has shown a passion and affinity for diversity and inclusion work. To be nominated for this award, the student must have made a lasting impact on the MIT community. This student has gone above and beyond to bring awareness to issues of diversity and inclusion at MIT and has been active in the community to promote cultural awareness.Students
Ronald E. McNair ScholarshipThe Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, established in Dr. McNair’s honor by the Black Alumni/ae of MIT, recognizes a Black undergraduate who has demonstrated strong academic performance and who has made a considerable contribution to the minority community.Students
Unsung Hero AwardThe Unsung Hero Award is presented to an undergraduate and graduate student of the MIT community who has demonstrated that leadership isn’t always defined by title and position. This is a member of the community who has shown commitment and passion for the community regardless of leadership position and shown a willingness to support efforts of diversity and inclusion. This is a student who is an asset to the community.Students
Recognition from Human Resources
The MIT Human Resources has many ways to recognize the exceptional contributions of staff from all parts of the Institute. Visit the human resources website to learn about all options.Staff
MIT Excellence Awards & Collier MedalStaff members at MIT work every day to fulfill the goals of their units and the mission of the Institute. The Excellence Awards and Collier Medal are among our highest staff honors—and one of our most important ways to recognize employees for their contributions and celebrate their accomplishments.Staff
RISE AWARDS – Recognizing Individuals Supporting EquityThe RISE AWARDS — Recognizing Individuals Supporting Equity — is an opportunity to celebrate MIT faculty, staff, and students on their work with diversity, inclusion, and social justice on and off campus. MIT community members nominate their peers and colleagues for these awards. The RISE AWARDS is a collaboration sponsored by OMP, OGE, OFY, OME, and ICEO.Community
Change-Maker AwardsMIT recognizes outstanding students, faculty, and staff for their work to combat sexual misconduct at the annual Change-Maker Awards, started in April 2017. Because much of this work is understated, the Awards are meant to highlight those who affect positive change in our community.Community
MLK Leadership AwardSince 1995, MIT has awarded annual MLK Leadership Awards to students, alumni, staff, groups, and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work.Community
The Seth J. Teller Awards for Excellence, Inclusion, and DiversityFounded in 2018 and named for the late EECS professor, the annual Seth J. Teller Award for Excellence, Inclusion, and Diversity honors members of the MIT community who embody those three values through work, research, or educational innovation. MIT Students, staff and faculty are all eligible. Any EECS student, member of staff, or faculty member wishing to nominate someone for this award should send a short email to stating how the nominee embodies excellence, enhances diversity, and/or promotes inclusion in the MIT community.Community