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.

2017 Award Ceremony

The 2017 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Award ceremony and celebration will take place on March 16, 2017 from 3-5 pm in Kresge Auditorium. Everyone in the MIT community is welcome to join us.

Nominations for the 2018 MIT Excellence Awards will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2017.

About the Excellence Awards

Watch this video about the MIT Excellence Awards.


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 ceremony announcing the 2016 MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal recipients took place in March 2016. See recipients and browse photos and video from this year's event.

Our Programs Receive National Recognition

MIT's Rewards + Recognition 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.