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 staff by MIT. 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. The 2015 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal took place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Kresge Auditorium. All members of the MIT community are always invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception.

  Watch the 2015 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal ceremony.


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.

The Ceremony

The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal are celebrated annually at a ceremony on campus. The 2015 Excellence Awards and the presentation of the Collier Medal took place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 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 2015 recipients can be found here.

2015 Excellence Awards + Collier Medal

The 2015 recipients of the MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal 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.

 2015 Recipient photos from the MIT News page

Program Awards

MIT is a 2015 recipient of three Best Practice Standard Awards from Recognition Professional International.  MIT's program received awards for Communications, Program Change and Flexibility, and Recognition Training.

Read more on the MIT News page.