• The MIT Awards Convocation comprises more than two-dozen awards, honoring achievements in the arts, athletics, student life, community service, academics and teaching.

    The MIT Awards Convocation comprises more than two-dozen awards, honoring achievements in the arts, athletics, student life, community service, academics and teaching.

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  • Chancellor Eric Grimson presents the Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards to senior Farré Nixon.

    Chancellor Eric Grimson presents the Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards to senior Farré Nixon.

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  • MIT students, staff and faculty gather to celebrate fellow community members at the 2012 Awards Convocation.

    MIT students, staff and faculty gather to celebrate fellow community members at the 2012 Awards Convocation.

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  • Chris Colombo, dean for student life, presents the Betsy Schumacker Award to senior Kameron Klauber.

    Chris Colombo, dean for student life, presents the Betsy Schumacker Award to senior Kameron Klauber.

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  • Professor Samuel Allen, chair of the faculty, presents the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching to William Deen, professor of chemical engineering.

    Professor Samuel Allen, chair of the faculty, presents the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching to William Deen, professor of chemical engineering.

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  • Dean for Undergraduate Education Dan Hastings, center, honors the recipients of the 2012 Albert G. Hill Prize, from left to right: seniors Ken Lopez, Kristen Peña, Brittany Jones and Michael Thompson.

    Dean for Undergraduate Education Dan Hastings, center, honors the recipients of the 2012 Albert G. Hill Prize, from left to right: seniors Ken Lopez, Kristen Peña, Brittany Jones and Michael Thompson.

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  • Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz presents the Goodwin Medal to Adrian Chi-Yan Liu.

    Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz presents the Goodwin Medal to Adrian Chi-Yan Liu.

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  • Judy Cole presents the D. Reid Weedon JR '41 Alumni/ae Relations Award to Kappa Alpha Theta. Juniors Clare Frigo and Nancy Chen accepted the award on behalf of Kappa Alpha Theta.

    Judy Cole presents the D. Reid Weedon JR '41 Alumni/ae Relations Award to Kappa Alpha Theta. Juniors Clare Frigo and Nancy Chen accepted the award on behalf of Kappa Alpha Theta.

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  • Senior Kamena Kostova receives the 2012 Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) Senior Academic Award.

    Senior Kamena Kostova receives the 2012 Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) Senior Academic Award.

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  • President Susan Hockfield presents the Laya W. Wiesner Award to senior Vidya Eswaran.

    President Susan Hockfield presents the Laya W. Wiesner Award to senior Vidya Eswaran.

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  • The 2012 Karl Taylor Compton Prize recipients, from left to right: graduate student Patrick Barragan, and seniors Paul Kominers, and Gordon Wintrob.

    The 2012 Karl Taylor Compton Prize recipients, from left to right: graduate student Patrick Barragan, and seniors Paul Kominers, and Gordon Wintrob.

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  • Junior Denzil Sikka, right, recipient of the 2012 Frederick Gardiner Fassett, Jr. Award, with Adam McCready, assistant director of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs).

    Junior Denzil Sikka, right, recipient of the 2012 Frederick Gardiner Fassett, Jr. Award, with Adam McCready, assistant director of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs).

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  • Kimberly Benard, left, assistant director of the Global Education and Career Development Center and recipient of the 2012 Laya Wiesner Community Award, and Stephanie Lin, right, recipient of the 2012 Priscilla King Gray Award.

    Kimberly Benard, left, assistant director of the Global Education and Career Development Center and recipient of the 2012 Laya Wiesner Community Award, and Stephanie Lin, right, recipient of the 2012 Priscilla King Gray Award.

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Slideshow: 2012 MIT Awards Convocation

Kimberly Benard, left, assistant director of the Global Education and Career Development Center and recipient of the 2012 Laya Wiesner Community Award, and Stephanie Lin, right, recipient of the 2012 Priscilla King Gray Award.

51 community members receive nearly 30 awards for their service to the Institute.


The MIT community gathers each spring at Awards Convocation to celebrate and honor students, faculty and staff for their contributions to the shared life of the Institute. At this year’s event, 51 community members received nearly 30 different awards for their service to the MIT and their accomplishments in the arts, athletics, student life, community service, academics and teaching.

“MIT gets a lot of attention for the energy we direct outward — toward the world’s great challenges and humanity’s intractable problems,” said Chancellor Eric Grimson in his welcoming remarks at the ceremony on Wednesday, May 9. “But as a campus, we also rely on our best and brightest to direct their passion and talents inward, here in Cambridge, to help MIT thrive as a community every day of every year. This is what we are here to celebrate today.”

Visit the Awards Convocation website to see more photos of the 2012 Awards Convocation and see a full list of the 2012 winners.


Topics: Alumni/ae, Arts, Athletics, Awards, honors and fellowships, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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