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Golden Beaver Award - Individual

This award is presented to undergraduate and graduate students who have created positive change within a student organization, living group, dorm, or team.  Recipients will have shown dedication to his or her group and enhancing the campus environment, as well as an ability to overcome challenges.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Sahar Dar (Graduate Student – Sloan School of Management)
  • Mehmet “Efe” Akengin ‘18

2016

  • Sebastian Palacios G
  • Favyen Bastani '16

 

Outstanding Event Award

This award is presented to a student organization, living group, or dorm for their efforts to plan and implement an event or series of events that are well developed, organized, and advertised.  Recipient’s events should have attracted individuals from across MIT and impacted student life at MIT in a considerable way.

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2017

  • Tech Twinkles

Bridge Builder Award (Individual or Group)

This award is presented to students and/or student groups for a campaign, initiative, or program that has addressed a campus, local community, or global need and/or have demonstrated a strong commitment to and passion for diversity education and cultural celebration.  The recipient will have shown noteworthy collaboration and partnership between student organizations, living groups, dorms, teams, individual students, non-profit organizations, and/or governmental groups to raise awareness, share knowledge, provide solutions, and show commitment to social justice and a more inclusive MIT.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Group): Language Conversation Exchange
  • (Individual): Caroline Mak ‘18

2016

  • Bettina Arkhurst ‘18

 

Outstanding New Leader Award

This award honors up to two students in their first or second year at the Institution who show leadership promise. Recipients are students who have made exemplary contributions to a student organization, living group, department, lab, dorm, initiative, campaign, international project, or team and have helped that group and/or effort grow through their participation. This individual does not necessarily hold a leadership position and may be an undergraduate or graduate student.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Jenny Xu '19

2016

  • Drew Bent ‘17

 

 

Larry G. Benedict Leadership Award

Named for MIT’s first Dean of Student Life, who served from 2000-2007, this award honors two students, one undergraduate and one graduate, who have shown dedication to empowering their fellow students to develop as leaders. Recipients are active mentors and coaches to their peers within the MIT community.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Eduardo Maury (Graduate Student – School of Engineering)
  • William Moses ‘17

2016

  • Eric Mannes '16

 

 

Malcolm G. Kispert Awards

The Malcolm G. Kispert Awards are presented annually to the male and female senior scholar-athletes of the year.

If you have any questions about the Malcolm G. Kispert Awards please contact via email.

Past Winners

2017

  • Daniel Smith ‘19, Swimming and Diving
  • Harris Stolzenberg ‘17, Lacrosse
  • Maryann Gong ‘17, Cross Country and Track and Field

2016

  • Arinze Okeke '17
  • Margaret Guo '16, Swimming and Diving

2015

  • Daryl Neubieser ‘16
  • Maryann Gong ‘17

2014

  • Tyler Singer-Clark, Track and Field
  • Louise van den Heuvel, Cross Country/Track and Field

2013

  • Lauren Kuntz ‘13, Track and Field
  • Joseph Rafidi ‘14, Fencing
  • Katie Spielbauer ‘13, Volleyball

2012

  • Lauren Kuntz ’13, Track and Field
  • Noel Hollingsworth '12, Basketball
  • Molly McShane '13, Field Hockey
 

Malcolm Gordon Kispert (1923–1975) held a series of major administrative posts at MIT after earning an S.B. and an S.M. in aeronautical engineering at the Institute in 1944 and 1946, respectively. Mr. Kispert’s many contributions date from his undergraduate years when, as a senior, he and four other seniors received the William Barton Rogers Awards in recognition of high scholarship, character, and leadership in student affairs.

 

Ronald E. McNair Scholarship

The Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, established in Dr. McNair’s honor by the Black Alumni/ae of MIT, recognizes a Black undergraduate who has demonstrated strong academic performance and who has made a considerable contribution to the minority community.

If you have any questions about the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship please contact via email.

Past Winners

2017

  • Frederick O. Daso '17
  • Kayode Y. Ezike '17
  • Aaron L. Morris '17

2016

  • Sylvia N. Atsaves '16
  • Margaret A. Okobi '16
  • Janelle Wellons '16

2015

  • Micah A. Nishigaki '15
  • Fernando L. Nunez '15
  • Aaron P. Thomas '15

2014

  • Camille A. DeJarnett ‘14
  • Elise M. Myers ’14
  • Joshua V. Sibblies ‘14

2013

  • Wyatt Ubellacker ‘13

2012

  • Columbus Leonard ’12
 

Ronald Erwin McNair first came to MIT on a junior-year exchange scholarship from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He returned a year later for graduate work on laser spectroscopy, earning a Ph.D. in 1976 while also working with area inner-city youth. McNair joined NASA’s mission specialist program in 1978 and flew in a successful flight of the space shuttle Challenger in 1984. Tragically, he was one of eight aboard the Challenger when it exploded in 1986. At a memorial service for McNair, his thesis advisor, Michael S. Feld ‘63, noted that qualities that McNair embodied — technical accomplishment, social contribution, and personal fulfillment — were ones that MIT hopes to instill in others.

 

Howard W. Johnson Award

The Howard W. Johnson Award is presented annually to the male senior athlete of the year.

If you have any questions about the Howard W. Johnson Award please contact via email.

Past Winners

2017

  • Harris Stolzenberg ’17, Lacrosse

2016

  • Sean Bingham ‘16

2015

  • Justin Wallace ‘15

2014

  • Michael Liao ‘14

2013

  • Wyatt Ubellacker ‘13 (Swimming and Diving)

2012

  • Columbus Leonard ’12 (Water Polo)
 

Howard W. Johnson, president of MIT from 1966 to 1971, was born in Chicago in 1922 and earned an A.B. in economics at Central College in Chicago in 1943 and an M.A. in economics in 1947. He taught at the University of Chicago until 1955, when he came to MIT as an associate professor of industrial management and director of the Sloan Fellowship Program. From 1958 to 1959, he served as associate dean of the Sloan School of Management and was dean from 1959 until 1966. He became chairman of the MIT Corporation in 1971. Mr. Johnson believed that university athletics are a necessary counterpoise to rigorous academic requirements. The MIT Athletics Center was named for him in 1988.

 

Harold J. Pettegrove Award

The Harold J. Pettegrove Award is presented in recognition of outstanding service to intramural athletics.

If you have any questions about the Harold J. Pettegrove Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Lee Weinstein G

2016

  • Alex Dalzell ‘16

2015

  • Jenna Klein ‘15

2014

  • Greg Kavit ‘15

2013

  • Leah Alpert ‘13

2012

  • Quantum Wei ’15
 

Harold James Pettegrove was a member of the MIT Class of 1970, but died in 1969 before finishing his degree in metallurgy. The Harold J. Pettegrove Award symbolizes MIT’s ongoing interest in the ideals represented by intramural sports in an academic community. The intramural program at the Institute embraces dozens of sports and thousands of athletes at all levels of competition. The fact that a balanced and rigorous athletics program flourishes at the nation’s leading technological university is an expression of MIT’s commitment to the philosophy best expressed by President Stratton during the period of Mr. Pettegrove’s attendance: “Society asks more than sheer intellectual ability — it demands also moral hardiness, self-discipline, a competitive spirit, and other qualities that in more old-fashioned terms we might simply call character.”

 

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts is presented annually by MIT Office of the Arts to three MIT students who demonstrate excellence in creating a body of work in the visual arts. To learn more about the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize or to apply, visit the Arts at MIT website.

First Prize: $5,000, Second Prize: $3,000, Third Prize: $2,000, Honorable Mention: $1,000

If you have any questions about the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize please contact via email.

Past Winners

2017

  • Ani Liu G

2016

  • Joshua Jest G

2015

  • Jenna Klein ‘15

2014

  • Anne Macmillian G, ACT

2013

  • Jie Qi G

2012

  • First Prize: Matthew Everett Lawson G

The complete lists of past winners.

 

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer have had long and distinguished careers in business, in community service, and as patrons of and advocates for the arts. Mr. Schnitzer earned an S.B. in metallurgy at MIT in 1944 and joined his family business in Oregon for several years following military service. He married the former Arlene Director in 1949, and in 1951 founded Hirsch Investment Corporation, a real estate development firm with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The Schnitzers and their son Jordan have at various times held executive positions at Hirsch. In 1962, Mrs. Schnitzer started and managed Portland’s Fountain Gallery of Art, which came to be one of the leading galleries in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. and Mrs. Schnitzer have both served on numerous charitable and arts-related committees and boards.

 

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