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. Many studies on the work place have shown that being recognized for achievements, knowing that one's contributions matter to the organization, and the opportunity for growth and professional development have a considerable impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. MIT supports growing a culture of development for MIT employees.

MIT Excellence Award + Collier Medal Updates

If you submitted a nomination for the Excellence Awards and/or Collier Medal, notification regarding your submission will be emailed by March 5th. Please be aware that notifications are sent though the Submittable database, the platform used for nominations.

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.

MIT Recognition Programs

MIT has 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.

Appreciation awards/Spot appreciation 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

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.

Thank a community member

Have you observed members of our community who are taking extraordinary measures to help maintain business operations, assist students and staff in transitions, and ensure the safety of all of us at MIT? Tell us about it — it takes only seconds to say thank you!

More Ways to Recognize

RAK Week + Community Thanks

MindHandHeart and the Recognition program are teaming up to make RAK Week (Random Acts of Kindness) extra special for the MIT community. Post recognition for MIT staff, faculty and students on the Community Thanks page. The recipient(s) will receive an email notification letting them know of their recognition. During RAK Week (March 1-5 in 2021) we’ll be sharing as many of the posted recognition messages as we can through the Infinite Graphic displays around the MIT campus.    

Example of a recognition thank-you message

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.