Distinguished Peers

Distinguished Peers

The Office of Minority Education recognizes 4 Distinguished Peers each academic year. There are five nomination categories for Distinguished Peers and four cycles throughout the academic year. Nominations for the 2023-2024 cycle are now being accepted!

Nomination Categories:


  1. Student has pursued entrepreneurial initiatives while at MIT.
  2. Demonstrated success in pioneering an innovative product/idea/service.

Public Service:

  1. Demonstrated service to others within the MIT community.
  2. Commitment to a mission driven organization and selfless service.

MIT Spirit:

  1. Commitment to strengthening the MIT community.
  2. Demonstrated MIT pride and enthusiastic participation in MIT events.

Performing Arts/Athletic Achievements:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the performing arts and/or athletics.
  2. Engagement and/or participation with MIT performing arts groups or athletic teams.

Global Initiative and/or Experience:

  1. Demonstrated desire to participate in broad cultural experiences.
  2. Engagement and/or participation with MIT global programs/services.

Winners receive:

  • A $125 prize
  • A profile and publicity from the OME
  • A name plate on the Distinguished Peers Perpetual Plaque
  • Recognition and an award at the annual RISE Awards (formerly known as the Multicultural Awards Banquet)

Nominators of winners receive a $25 prize!

These nominations are only open to current undergraduate students (not alumni). Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis (see priority deadlines below) and all nominations are valid for one academic year.

Questions? distinguishedpeers [at] mit.edu (distinguishedpeers[at]mit[dot]edu)

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