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.

About the Excellence Awards

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What You Should Know

Award recipients and the awards ceremony

The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal are celebrated annually at a ceremony on campus, and the entire MIT community is invited. In accordance with the Institute's updated COVID-19 travel and event policies, the MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal ceremony has been postponed. A new date will be posted when available.

Congratulations to this year's recipients

See more prior recipients.


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.

The nomination window for the 2020 MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations or Letters of Support. Nominators will be notified of the result of their nomination in late January. For any questions, please contact

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.

Award categories

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

  • Advancing inclusion and global perspectives: maximizing MIT's strengths
  • Bringing out the best: everyday leadership throughout MIT
  • Innovative solutions: collaborating for results
  • Outstanding contributor: working behind the scenes
  • Serving the client: providing consistent and exceptional service
  • Sustaining MIT: meeting the needs of the present and the future
  • Collier Medal 

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