The MIT Excellence Awards

The MIT Excellence Awards  + Collier Medal acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by members of our community toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Institute. Please join us for the ceremony: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 3pm at Kresge Auditorium. Post photos and video to #mitcelebrateexcellence.

About the Excellence Awards

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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

The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal are celebrated annually at a ceremony on campus. The 2017 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Award ceremony and celebration took place on March 16, 2017. 

See the 2017 recipients!

Our Programs Receive National Recognition

MIT's Program was the 2016 recipient of the Best Overall Recognition Program Award from Recognition Professional International (RPI), and the program has previously received awards for Communications, Program Change and Flexibility, and Recognition Training from RPI.