The MIT Excellence Awards

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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.

Nominations for the 2022 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Now Being Accepted

Do you know someone who positively influences their colleagues to do their best work? Someone who is deeply committed to making MIT a more sustainable place? Someone who is welcoming to every member of the MIT community? We can’t recognize them unless you nominate them – so send a nomination in today!

 How to Nominate

The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Award recipients and the awards ceremony

Each year, the MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of MIT staff and community members. 

The 2021 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Celebration Video Webcast took place on June 23, 2021.


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.

Nomination and selection process

Anyone at MIT may nominate an individual or a team for an award during the nomination period, which runs from mid-summer into mid-October each year.

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. The committee then meets to make its final selections.

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.

Award categories

MIT Excellence Award nominees are nominated in one of the categories below:

  • Bringing out the Best: Everyday Leadership Throughout MIT
  • Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Maximizing MIT’s Strengths
  • Innovative Solutions: Collaborating for Results
  • Outstanding Contributor: Working Behind the Scenes
  • Serving our Community: Providing Consistent and Exceptional Service 
  • Sustaining MIT: Meeting the Needs of the Present and Future 
  • Collier Medal 

Learn more 


Reach Cori Champagne, MIT Recognition Program Administrator, at or (617) 253-5986.