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.

The 2022 MIT Excellence Award + Collier Medal Award Celebration

Congratulations to this year's award recipients!

Join us for the 2022 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Celebration on June 9, 2022.

Award recipients and the awards ceremony

MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal recipients are honored at a celebration in June each year. This year's ceremony will take place on June 9, 2022.

Learn more and see 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 each fall.

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.

2022 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Selection Committee

  • Mohamed Abouzahra, Senior Staff, Lincoln Laboratory
  • Teni Adeniyi, Human Resources Coordinator, Schwarzman College of Computing
  • Marcela Bruce, Student Health Plan and Resolution Specialist, MIT Medical
  • Amity Buchanan, Human Resources Administrator, MITIMCO
  • Steven DeMarco, Deputy Chief, MIT Police
  • Rose Durham, Vendor Procurement Manager, Dept of Facilities
  • Joshua Kastorf, Communications and Administrative Assistant, EAPS, School of Science
  • Nico Lang, Human Resources Administrator, VPF
  • Ana Ludwig, Financial Administrator, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Chris Murphy, Senior Business Systems Analyst, IS+T
  • Renie Pavilon, Senior Events Planning Associate, Office of the President
  • Reza Rahaman, B. Gordon Industry Co-Director and Senior Lecturer, Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, School of Engineering
  • Scott Tobin, Administrative Assistant II, Alumni Association
  • Pam Weldon, Administrative Staff, Lincoln Laboratory

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 

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