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Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Programming

Creative Advising Activity AwardFreshman advisors meet regularly with their advisees to give advice and support. They provide opportunities for students to get together socially with their advising group. The Creative Advising Activity Award recognizes an advisor who has shown exceptional hospitality and creativity by organizing unique activities and building a community for students.
  • Noel Jackson,
    Associate Professor of Literature

Rookie Advisor AwardThis award is given to an advisor who began advising freshmen for the first time starting in fall 2013. The Rookie Advisor Award recognizes a novice who advised like a pro. This enthusiastic team player participated in advisor development meetings, but showed wisdom and finesse in overcoming hurdles.

  • Mark Bathe,
    Associate Professor of Biological Engineering

Veteran Advisor AwardMany advisors have been committed to advising freshmen year after year, consistently giving of their time to help students make a successful first year transition. The Veteran Advisor Award honors an advisor who has been active for at least 5 years, sustaining her or his passion for advising.

  • Steven Leeb,
    Professor of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Alan J. Lazarus Award for Excellence in Freshman AdvisingThis award is presented to a distinguished advisor who has raised the bar for freshman advising. This advisor believes that excellence goes beyond a fulfillment of responsibilities and expectations. The Excellence in Advising Award embodies dedication and commitment to the academic and personal success of freshmen. Presented to a faculty member who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor to freshmen and who has had a significant impact on their personal lives and academic success.

  • Vivek Bald,
    Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media
Excellence in Mentoring AwardThis award honors an advisor who is deeply invested in mentorship. This advisor understands that mentoring goes beyond giving academic advice. S/he is a role model for freshmen and is committed to the holistic growth and development of freshmen.
  • Dean David Schmittlein

Student Champion AwardThis award recognizes an advisor who has gone beyond the call of duty to be present in aspects of advisees' lives beyond academics, participating in student events and activities. This award may also be given to an advisor who supported an advisee in a complex situation with great insight and compassion.

  • Raul Radovitzky,
    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Innovative Seminar AwardFreshman seminars are a unique opportunity for students to learn from an advisor in a small, interactive group setting. Each seminar is inspiring and thought-provoking. However, this awardee showed exceptional creativity in leading a seminar that engaged freshmen to the fullest extent.

  • Jonathan Runstadler,
    Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and Comparative Medicine

Outstanding UROP Mentor AwardsSelected from UROP students' nominations of research mentors who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting

  • UROP Faculty Mentor:
    Polina Anikeeva,
    AMAX Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
  • UROP Graduate Student Mentor: Luke Mooney G
Outstanding Associate AdvisorPresented annually to an upperclass student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to mentoring freshmen in an advising group and residential community
  • Faith OBrian '15

Outstanding Resident Associate Advisor

  • Katie Bodner '15

Randolph G. Wei UROP AwardPresented each spring to the undergraduate who has made the most outstanding contribution in undergraduate research at the interface of the life sciences and engineering

  • Cynthia Chen '14
  • Martin McLaughlin '14

Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research FellowshipsAwarded to MIT undergraduates for interesting and novel research of student-initiated ideas developed outside the normal curriculum; each fellowship provides $6,000 for the students to conduct their summer research in any field

  • Abubakar Abid '14
  • Craig Cheney '14
  • Rachel Dias Carlson '14
  • Monica Neugebauer '14
  • Catherine Yunis '16