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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.

Submit a nomination

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.

Submit a nomination

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.

Submit a nomination

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.

Submit a nomination

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.

Submit a nomination

Past Winners

2017

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

2016

  • Eric Mannes '16

 

 

Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award

The Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award is given in memory of Edward L. Horton, a doctoral candidate in Physics, to honor his spirited contributions to graduate student life at the Institute. The award will be presented to any student group that fosters fellowship within the graduate student community. This award was established by the Graduate Student Council upon the untimely death of Mr. Horton in 1982.

To nominate, visit the Graduate Student Council website. Please direct any questions to gsc-awards@mit.edu.
 

Past Winners

2017

  • Gerald J. Wang, Department of Mechanical Engineering

2016

  • Paula Ruiz Castillo G

2015

  • Vinita Lukose, Department of Chemistry

2014

  • J. Nathan Matias, Department of Media Arts and Sciences

2013

  • Ann T. Orlando and Professor Terry P. Orlando, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2012

  • Professor Allan Adams, Department of Physics

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.

 

Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards

The Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards are given each year to one professor or teaching assistant from each school, for excellence in teaching a graduate level course.

To nominate, visit the Graduate Student Council website. Please direct any questions to gsc-awards@mit.edu.

Past Winners

2017

  • Gabriel D. Bousquet, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Lauren Elizabeth Kipp, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
  • Sahar Hashmi, Engineering Systems Division

2016

  • Prof. Mehrdad Jazayeri, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Prof. Lawrence E. Susskind PhD ‘73, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Gerald J. Wang, Mechanical Engineering

2015

  • Carlos de la Peña Bethencourt '15
  • Xiangming Yu G

2014

  • Matt Haberland, School of Engineering; Glenn Ellison, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

2013

  • Darya Amin-Shahidi G, Department of Mechanical Engineering

2012

  • Yifan (Amy) Zhou, Sloan School of Management

Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education

The Irwin Sizer Award is presented to any member or group in the Institute community to honor significant innovations and improvements to MIT education. The award is named in honor of Irwin W. Sizer, Dean of the Graduate School from 1967-1975.

To nominate, visit the Graduate Student Council website. Please direct any questions to gsc-awards@mit.edu.

Past Winners

2017

  • Was not awarded

2016

  • Prof. Tom Leighton, Mathematics
  • Dean Michael Sipser, Mathematics

2015

  • Dr. Lee Perlman, MIT Concourse Learning Program

2014

  • Dr. Robert Tong-Ik Shin, Lincoln Laboratory

2013

  • Prof. J. Meejin Yoon, Department of Architecture
 

Irwin Whiting Sizer, a pioneer in molecular biology and champion of the recruitment of women and minority students, taught at MIT for over 60 years. He joined the MIT faculty in 1935 as an instructor in the Department of Biology and was named chair of the department in 1956, a position he held until 1967 when he was appointed dean of the graduate school. Sizer served as dean until 1976, when he returned to the Department of Biology as professor emeritus and instructor. He was instrumental in the development of many programs at MIT, including Whitaker College, the joint Ph.D. in oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program, and the introduction of interdisciplinary master’s degrees. Within the Department of Biology, he played a major role in the evolution of the biology curriculum from a classical program to a modern molecular biology program.

 

Karl Taylor Compton Prize

The Karl Taylor Compton Prizes are the highest awards presented by the Institute to students and student organizations in recognition of excellent achievements in citizenship and devotion to the welfare of MIT.

If you have any questions about the Compton Prizes please contact via email.

Submit a nomination

Past Winners

2017

  • Michael McCellan G

2016

  • Matthew Davis '16
  • Sebastian Schmidt G

2015

  • Jane He
  • Mitali Thakor

2014

  • Anna Ho ‘14
  • Leonid Grinberg ‘14
  • Patrick Hulin ‘14

2013

  • Amanda David '13
  • Ellan Spero G
  • Graduate Student Council

2012

  • Patrick Barragan '08
  • Paul Kominers '12
  • Gordon Wintrob '12
 

Dr. Karl Taylor Compton was president of MIT from 1930-1948 and chairman of the MIT Corporation from 1948 until his death in 1954. Born in Ohio in 1887, President Compton attended the College of Wooster, earning a B.S. (1908) and an M.S. (1909) in physics, and was awarded a Ph.D. in physics in 1912 from Princeton University. Compton was head of President Roosevelt’s Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, overseeing the development of radar in MIT’s Radiation Lab. He received the highest civilian honor of the U.S. Army, the Medal for Merit, for helping to shorten the war. Noted throughout his life for his uncompromising integrity and his generous public spirit, Compton’s strong leadership transformed the Institute into one of the world’s leading research universities.

 

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