Institute Awards


Every year the GSC gives out four Institute Awards, to be presented at the Institute Awards Convocation. The awards are:

Winners will be notified before the Awards Ceremony. Please do not email to inquire about recipients.

Nomination of students and faculty for these awards offer a unique opportunity to honor these individuals for their invaluable contributions to graduate students and to thank them for their efforts. A complete nomination requires a supporting statement not to exceed one page or 500 words. Although there are no hard and fast guidelines, a strong nomination is likely to include a high-quality statement clearly describing relevant accomplishments, any specific task, and/or incidents reflecting the nominee’s dedication and genuine interest. Multiple letters of support from different individuals strengthen the nomination.

Nominations Process

All nominations must be submitted online. You can submit a nomination on the submissions page. This link will become active when the nominations period opens.

  • Nominations open: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12:00am
  • Nominations close: Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:00pm

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About the Awards

Graduate Teaching Awards

The Graduate Teaching Awards are presented each year to a faculty member and/or a teaching assistant from each school (Architecture and Planning, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Sloan School of Management, Science, and Health Sciences and Technology) for excellence in teaching graduate courses (listed G and/or H in the course catalog).

Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

The Frank E. Perkins Award is presented to a faculty member who, as a graduate student advisor, demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication towards students. This award is named in the honor of Frank E. Perkins, Dean of the Graduate School from 1983 – 1995.

Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award

The Edward L. Horton Award is presented to any student(s) or student group that fosters fellowship within the graduate student community. The award is named in the honor of Edward L. Horton, a graduate student in Physics, to honor his spirited contributions to graduate student life at the Institute.

Irwin Sizer Award for Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education

The Irwin Sizer Award is presented to a 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.

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