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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.

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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.

 

Laya & Jerome Wiesner Art Award

The Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards are presented annually to up to four students (undergraduate or graduate), living groups, organizations or activities for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the arts at MIT. Established by the Council for the Arts at MIT in 1979, these awards honor Jerome B. Wiesner, MIT President 1971-1980 and Mrs. Wiesner for their commitment to the arts at MIT.

An endowment fund provides a $2,000 honorarium to each recipient. Learn more about the Wiesner Student Art Awards on the Arts at MIT website.

If you have any questions about the Laya & Jerome Wiesner Art Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Jake Gunter '17
  • Nathan Gutierrez '17
  • Rachel Osmunsen '17
  • Hallie Voulgaris '17

2016

  • Angel Chia Ling Chen G
  • Sam Fomon '16
  • Samantha Harper '16

2015

  • Anne Meredith Macmillan G
  • Otto Briner '15
  • Majdolen Khweis '15
  • Michael Stern G

2014

  • Elly Jessop G
  • Adam Strandberg '14
  • Floor van de Velde G
  • Grace Young '14

2013

  • Noah Arbesfeld '13
  • Jean Sack '13
  • Festival Jazz Ensemble
  • Senior House

2012

  • Leah Brunetto '12
  • Farré Nixon '12
  • Dylan Sherry '12
 

Jerome B. Wiesner was President of MIT from 1971 to 1980. Wiesner’s career at MIT started in 1942 at the WWII Radiation Laboratory, where he worked on the development of radar. He served as professor of electrical engineering, director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, dean of the School of Science, and provost. He became an institute professor in 1962. While on leave from MIT from 1961–1964, he served as special assistant for science and technology to U.S. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. In his educational and leadership roles at MIT, Wiesner actively promoted and enriched the Institute’s programs in social science, humanities, and the arts, and the Council for the Arts was organized during his presidency. President Wiesner was a life member of the MIT Corporation from 1980 until his death in 1994.

 

 

 

Patrick J. McGovern, Jr ’59 Entrepreneurship Award

In 2001, Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. ’59, working through the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, established the McGovern Entrepreneurship Award to be presented annually to an individual student or student team that has made a significant impact on the quality, visibility, and overall spirit of entrepreneurship education and support across the Institute.

Any MIT student or student team is eligible for this Award that honors Mr. McGovern, an accomplished entrepreneur, life member of the MIT corporation, and major contributor to the Institute community.

If you have any questions about the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr ’59 Entrepreneurship Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Jacob Loewwenstein G
  • Helen Smith G

2016

  • Alessandra Henderson G
  • Natalie Pitcher G
  • Liz Voeller G
  • Isaac Stoner G

2015

  • Dan Elitzer G & Jeremy Rubin '16 - MIT Bitcoin Project
  • Carlos Sánchez Altable - FinTech and Financial Innovation at MIT

2014

  • Andrea Ippolito G

2013

  • Elliot Cohen G, Allen Cheng G, Allison Yost G - Hacking Medicine
  • William F. Whitney ’13 - StartLabs
  • Colin Sidoti ’14 - Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Support and Outreach

2012

  • Akshar Wunnava '14
  • Application of Advanced Entrepreneurial Techniques 15.S24
 

Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. earned an S.B. in quantitative biology from MIT in 1959. His interest in life sciences focused especially on neurophysiology and the organization and function of the human nervous system. In 1964, he founded International Data Group, which grew into the world’s leading computer publishing firm responsible for hundreds of newspapers and magazines with a truly global reach. Mr. McGovern has maintained close ties with the Institute and has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989. In 2001, he and his wife Lore Harp McGovern became the largest donors ever to MIT with their pledge of $350 million to create and launch the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. In all his endeavors, Mr. McGovern has encouraged innovative methods for making high-tech ventures successful.

Priscilla King Gray Awards for Public Service

Celebrate students who make a difference

Honoring Priscilla King Gray’s contributions to public service at MIT, the award recognizes graduate and undergraduate students who are exceptionally dedicated to community engagement and making a difference at MIT and beyond.

Students recognized by this award demonstrate an outstanding personal dedication to social change, long-term and in-depth involvement in public service, and lead initiatives that strengthen our community.

The award was established by the Undergraduate Association in collaboration with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center to recognize undergraduate students. In recent years, the Graduate Student Council joined as a co-sponsor to honor graduate students as well.

For questions about the Priscilla King Gray Awards for Public Service, please email us at awards-gray@mit.edu.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Aditi Mehta G
  • Vaishnavi Rao ‘17

2016

  • Paula Ruiz Castillo G
  • Shivangi Goel '17
  • Emily Keeley '17

2015

  • Shilpa Agrawal '15
  • Sofia Essayan-Perez '15
  • Stacey Allen G
  • William Li G

2014

  • Jean-Philippe Coutu G
  • Sherry Fu ‘14

2013

  • Camila Caballero ‘13

2012

  • Noam Angrist ’13
  • Hamsika Chandrasekar ’13
  • Stephanie Lin '12
  • Sravanthi Puranam '13
 

Priscilla King Gray, wife of former President Paul E. Gray, has been a highly active and dedicated presence at the Institute. While serving from 1980 to 1990 as MIT’s First Lady, she entertained an estimated 80,000 guests at the President’s house and initiated the popular and successful Senior Dinner. Her rich contributions to Institute life, however, both precede and postdate her period as First Lady. She helped develop the Freshman Advising System, was involved in the Technology Children’s Center, served on the MIT Medical Advisory Board, worked with the MIT Women’s League, and taught crewel embroidery. She was a founding co-chair of the Public Service Center Steering Committee.

John S.W. Kellett '47 Award

The John S. W. Kellett ’47 Award recognizes any MIT individual or group for an exceptional and/or sustained commitment to creating a more welcoming environment at MIT, including but not limited to, improving the experience of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender (LBGT), and questioning individuals.

The award honors Mr. Kellett, whose spirited support has enabled significant improvements in the lives of members of MIT’s LBGT community.

If you have any questions about the John S.W. Kellett '47 Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Queer West

2016

  • Graduate Queer Women Group
    • Rebecca Heywood ’12 G
    • Audra Amasino G
    • Lakshmi Kannan G

2015

  • Margaret Lattanzi-Silveus ‘16

2014

  • Lincoln Laboratory Out Professional Employee Network (OPEN)

2013

  • Idan A. Blank G

2012

  • Cory Hernandez '14
 

John S. W. Kellett was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1927 and earned both an S.B. in chemical engineering (1947) and an S.M. in chemical engineering practice (1948) at MIT. He spent most of his career with Exxon focusing on refinery planning and project management. While he knew he was gay, he was closeted for most of his life. In 1972, when Exxon transferred him to Houston from overseas (the Stonewall Riots occurred during his absence and without his knowledge), he was determined to integrate the various aspects of his life and, later, to become an advocate for improving the experience of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LBGT) individuals. As his 50th reunion approached, he challenged MIT to examine its support of its LBGT community, resulting in the creation of the LBGT Issues Group, BGALA, and a broad spectrum of services. He continues to be a tireless advocate for these issues and an ongoing inspiration.

Laya Wiesner Community Award

Established in 1999, this award honors Mrs. Wiesner’s legacy at MIT. The award is presented to a member or friend of the MIT community for conspicuously effective service that reflects Mrs. Wiesner’s concerns for enhancing life at the Institute and in the world at large.

If you have any questions about the Laya Wiesner Community Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Julie Norman, UAAP & Senior Associate Dean, DUE 

2016

  • Paula Ruiz Castillo G

2015

  • Caleb Harper, Media Laboratory

2014

  • Borislava (Bori) Stoyanova

2013

  • Michele Pratusevich ‘13

2012

  • Kimberly Benard, Assistant Director, Global Education and Career Development Center
 

Laya Wainger Wiesner, wife of MIT’s President Jerome Wiesner, served as the Institute’s First Lady from 1971 to 1980. Mrs. Wiesner earned a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1940 and married in the same year. During the Wiesner presidency, Mrs. Wiesner was active in many Institute projects, including the MIT Women’s League, the MIT Advisory Committee on Women and Work, and the Advisory Board of MIT’s Child Development Center. She also worked to increase the number of women on the faculty. Beyond MIT, she helped found and support the Metropolitan Council on Education, was a leader of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters, and an active supporter of their efforts to aid the civil rights movement in the South.

William L. Stewart, Jr. Award

The Stewart Awards are presented in memory of William L. Stewart, Jr., an alumnus and member of the Corporation who demonstrated deep interest in student life at MIT. The Stewart Awards recognize outstanding contributions by an individual student or student organization to extracurricular activities and events during the preceding year.

If you have any questions about the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Sahar Dar G

2016

  • Katia Shtyrkova G
  • Eric Mannes ’16
  • Kath Xu ’16
  • Richard Watts ‘18

2015

  • Hal Anil '15
  • Phoebe Whitwell '15
  • Shreya Dave G

2014

  • Egypt Student Association
  • Anne Cai ‘14

2013

  • Ruth Byers'13
  • Joy Ekuta '13
  • Matthew Haberland G
  • Joanna S. Kao ‘13

2012

  • Ethan Solomon '12

 

 

William Lyman Stewart, Jr. first came to MIT as an undergraduate in 1919. He earned an S.B. in business and engineering administration in 1923. After graduation, he joined the Union Oil Company of California, to which he devoted his energies throughout his entire career. Long active in MIT affairs, he served as an alumni term member of the MIT Corporation from 1952 to 1956, and as a life member until his death. As a member of the Corporation, Mr. Stewart served on a number of standing and visiting committees including development, naval architecture, industrial management, humanities, mathematics, sponsored research, and student affairs.

Goodwin Medal

The Goodwin Medal is presented to a graduate student whose performance of teaching duties is “conspicuously effective over and above ordinary excellence.” The award will be presented to a graduate student teacher who has established a place of distinction in teaching in the opinion of his or her colleagues, students, and faculty. The nominee should be a current graduate student who is primarily at MIT (if involved in a joint program with another university). Co-teachers may be nominated jointly, but the specific contributions of each individual must be detailed. This award was established in memory of Henry Manley Goodwin, the first Dean of the Graduate School of MIT.

To nominate, visit the Office of Graduate Education website.

If you have any questions about the Goodwin Medal, please contact Scott Tirrell, OGE Manager of Graduate Fellowships: stirrell@mit.edu

Past Winners

2017

  • Cauam Ferreira Cardoso G

    2016

    • Was not awarded

    2015

    • George Chen G
    • Ramesh Sridharan G

    2013

    • Joseph Steinmeyer G, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Tony S. Tao G, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    2012

    • Adrian Chi-Yan Liu, Department of Physics

    2011

    • Taylor Barton, School Of Engineering

     

     

    Harry Manley Goodwin (1870–1949) first came to MIT in 1886, earning an S.B. in 1890. Professor Goodwin served at MIT for more than 50 years. He began as an assistant in physics in 1890 and advanced to professor in 1906, teaching physics and electrochemistry. In 1906, he established and headed the first undergraduate course in the U.S. leading to a degree in electrochemistry. He also served as director of the Research Laboratory of Electrochemistry (1930–1933); secretary of MIT’s Society of Arts (1922–1940); and chairman of the faculty, (1939–1940). He was the first dean of graduate students (1926-1932), and dean of the newly established graduate school from 1932 until his retirement in 1940. He retired with the title professor emeritus and was appointed honorary dean of the graduate school.

     

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