• Jessica Quaye (center) stands with friends after receiving the Albert G. Hill Prize and Laya W. Wiesner Award at the 2019 Awards Convocation.

    Jessica Quaye (center) stands with friends after receiving the Albert G. Hill Prize and Laya W. Wiesner Award at the 2019 Awards Convocation.

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  • Lisa Volpatti (left) and Sarah Tress (right) meet with Priscilla Gray, namesake of the Priscilla King Gray Award for service.

    Lisa Volpatti (left) and Sarah Tress (right) meet with Priscilla Gray, namesake of the Priscilla King Gray Award for service.

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  • Left to right: Sami Khan, recipient of the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award; Orpheus Chatzivasileiou, recipient of the Karl Taylor Compton Prize; and Germán Alberto Parada Hernandez, recipient of the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award

    Left to right: Sami Khan, recipient of the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award; Orpheus Chatzivasileiou, recipient of the Karl Taylor Compton Prize; and Germán Alberto Parada Hernandez, recipient of the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award

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MIT celebrates a year of excellence at the 2019 Awards Convocation

Jessica Quaye (center) with friends after receiving the Albert G. Hill Prize and Laya W. Wiesner Award at the 2019 Awards Convocation.

Students, groups, faculty, staff, and community members are honored for their achievements and dedication to MIT.


On May 13, over 300 members of the MIT community gathered in the Samberg Center (E52) to celebrate outstanding achievements by students, student groups, faculty, and community members at the annual MIT Awards Convocation. In total, more than 60 awardees were honored for their accomplishments in leadership, academics and teaching, public service, athletics, the arts, and service to MIT.

In a video message to attendees, MIT President L. Rafael Reif commended all award recipients for playing a role in shaping the Institute community. ”MIT draws great strength from talented, creative, dedicated individuals in every corner of our campus. Today we say thank you for all you do to make MIT so special.”

The nomination process for the 30-plus awards begins in early February and lasts several weeks into the spring semester. Winners are selected by committees convened for each award. This year, MIT community members submitted over 500 nominations across all award categories.

Visit the Awards Convocation website for more information on each award, to view a photo gallery from the ceremony, and to see the full list of 2019 winners.


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Community, Faculty, Staff, Student life, Students, Leadership, Public service, Mentoring, Arts, Athletics, Education, teaching, academics

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