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.

Now Accepting Nominations

excellence award collier medal logo It's time! The 2019 MIT Excellence Award and Collier Medal nomination period is now open.

Find out what you need to know to submit a nomination.

About the Excellence Awards

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What Else You Should Know


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.

Selection process

Each year a new committee is chosen to review nominations and select award recipients. The committee evaluates the nominations based on how well they address the questions posed in the nomination form and the criteria of the specific award category. In some cases, committee members may speak to "additional contacts" given on the nomination form to gain further insight. The committee then meets to make its final selections.

Learn more about the process and see committee members.


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 2018 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Award ceremony and celebration took place on June 20, 2018. 

See past and current recipients.

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.