MIT's Recognition Program

MIT's Recognition program serves to highlight the excellence that exists in all areas and job functions across the Institute.

Employee recognition can be given in many ways — through saying thank you, giving praise, providing opportunity, or showing respect. Studies have shown that being recognized for achievements, knowing that one's contributions matter to the organization, and having the opportunity for growth and professional development have a considerable positive impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. 

The 2021 MIT Excellence Award + Collier Medal Recipients and Video Webcast

Congratulations to this year's award recipients!

Let's celebrate! The 2021 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Celebration Video Webcast took place on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

MIT Recognition Programs

MIT offers many ways to recognize staff, faculty, students, and members of the MIT community, from a quick shout-out on the Community Thanks page to a nomination for one of the more formal annual awards. If you've written a nomination that was not attained for one award, consider modifying it and submitting it for another award, or re-submitting in a future award cycle. For most awards, every year brings a different Selection Committee and a different pool of nominations.

Community Thanks and Direct Appreciation

MIT Recognition supports quick opportunities for community members to recognize MIT colleagues for exceptional work, with both public and private options.

Community thanks: Staff, students, faculty and even members of the extended MIT community can share public recognition visible to all of MIT. Who has helped you or others in a positive way? Share your thanks.

Make it personal with direct appreciation: Managers, faculty, staff, and students can generate a special message sent directly to individuals or teams to thank them for their contributions to MIT.

The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal

The MIT Excellence Awards are formal, Institute-wide awards presented at an annual ceremony and administered by central HR. The program also includes the Collier Medal. This award was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed on April 18, 2013 while protecting and serving MIT. Officer Collier had a passionate curiosity that led him to learn and experience life in a way that energized others and created invaluable community connections. Through the Medal, Officer Collier will live on as a lasting part of the MIT community. 

The 2021 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Celebration Video Webcast will take place on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Appreciation/Spot awards

Appreciation awards are for informal, on-the-spot, day-to-day recognition , administered and delivered in local areas. Learn more.

Local Infinite Mile awards

Schools and organization areas at MIT host annual Infinite Mile events to honor staff teams and individuals within their areas for significant accomplishments. Criteria for receiving the awards are determined locally, and the nomination periods and events are scheduled at various times through the year. Nominators from outside the area can nominate so long as the nominee(s) are members of the area. See the listing of local Infinite Mile nomination periods and contacts here

More Ways to Recognize

MIT Awards Convocation

The MIT Awards Convocation honors MIT students, faculty, staff, and community members who have made outstanding contributions to the shared life of the Institute. The awards recognize many of the qualities we hold dear at MIT: excellence in academics and teaching, public service, community building, diversity and inclusion, achievements in the arts and athletics, leadership, and entrepreneurship. For a complete list of the awards, visit the Awards website.