The MIT Excellence Awards

The MIT Excellence Awards acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by members of our community toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Institute. This is among the highest honors awarded to staff by MIT.

Professionalism, commitment to best practices, and high standards of excellence are at the heart of these awards. The 2014 MIT Excellence Awards and the presentation of the Collier Medal took place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3pm at Kresge Auditorium. View the 2014 video of the ceremony here.

Nomination Period

The 2014 nomination period is closed. The 2015 nomination period will open in the summer of 2014.

About the Program


These awards are intended primarily to acknowledge the work of service, support, administrative, and sponsored research staff. They are also for faculty and other academic staff where their work meets the specific guidelines described within the six award categories. These awards are not intended to recognize research or teaching accomplishments. Both teams and individuals are eligible to be nominated for any of the award categories. Subcontractors, consultants, outsourced, and temporary employees are not eligible for the cash award.

Staff and Faculty members who serve on the MIT Excellence Awards Selection Committee are not eligible for a team or individual award during the year they serve.

Reward Amount

Individual recipients receive $2,000; teams receive up to $10,000 ($2,000 maximum per individual). Cash awards are considered additional pay and will have payroll taxes removed before issuance.

The Ceremony

The MIT Excellence Awards are celebrated annually at a ceremony on campus. The 2014 Excellence awards and the presentation of the Collier Medal took place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3pm at Kresge Auditorium. 

All members of the MIT community are always invited to attend this special event. Award recipients are encouraged to invite family and friends, as well. Awards are presented by the President and other MIT Senior Leaders, rotating on an annual basis. A complete listing of the 2014 recipients can be found here.

Nomination Form

Find out what you need to know to submit an Excellence Award nomination.

2014 Excellence Awards


The 2014 recipients of the MIT Excellence Awards represent many areas of the Institute and perform all types of jobs. Whether they are working behind the scenes or on the front lines, each is an exemplary role model for the entire MIT community. The work they do may be done within their own department or may involve cross-functional teamwork in several departments and/or organizations outside of MIT.