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Distinguished Peers Nomination

Nominate yourself or a peer to be recognized as a Distinguished Peer!

The Office of Minority Education recognizes 4 Distinguished Peers each academic year!


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@mit.edu


Submission deadlines for AY2021-2022

Priority Deadline (11:59PM EST)
October 10, 2021
November 21, 2021
February 13, 2022
April 10, 2022
Nominee's Information

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.

Prestigious Fellows:

  1. Recipient of a major award, a notable academic achievement or fellowship, etc.

Strong nominations include specific information on activities, initiatives, etc. that the nominee has participated in. Short (e.g., one sentence) and vague nominations are not considered.

Please write nominations in the third person only (do not use "I" statements).