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. 

The awards are among the highest honors awarded to members of the MIT community. Professionalism, commitment to best practices, and high standards of excellence are at the heart of these awards. In 2014, the Collier Medal was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier. Through the Medal, Officer Collier will live on as a lasting part of the MIT community.

About the Award

2016 Ceremony

The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal are celebrated annually at a ceremony on campus. The ceremony announcing the 2016 MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal recipients will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 3pm at Kresge Auditorium. The entire MIT community is welcome to attend the ceremony and reception following the event.

All members of the MIT community are always invited to attend this special event, and award recipients are encouraged to invite family and friends. Awards are presented by the President and other MIT Senior Leaders, rotating on an annual basis.


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 awards during the year(s) they serve.

The Collier Medal is open to all MIT staff and students, faculty, and the MIT community.

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.

Prior Year

See a complete listing of the 2015 recipients and an image gallery of the 2015 ceremony.

Program Awards

MIT's Rewards + Recognition program is the 2016 recipient of Best Overall Recognition Program Award from Recognition Professional International.  In 2015, MIT's R+R program received awards for Communications, Program Change and Flexibility, and Recognition Training from RPI.

Read more on the MIT News page.