The MISTI Excellence Awards honor student achievement and commitment to MISTI and to global leadership.

MISTI presents three types of awards to outstanding students who embody the mission and spirit of MISTI. MISTI provides a $1,000 award to the honorees.

MISTI Ambassador Award

Presented annually to an MIT student who exemplifies MISTI's mission and has served as an outstanding MISTI representative abroad and at MIT

MISTI Achievement Award

Presented annually to an MIT student or recent alumnus who has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to his or her host organization in the course of his or her internship.

Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders

Presented annually to a graduating senior who, through his or her coursework and practical experience abroad, has demonstrated his or her potential to become a global leader.

MISTI Excellence Awards 2015

As part of MIT Tech Reunions, MISTI is hosting the Excellence Awards ceremony and reception on June 5, 2015 at 3:30pm in Kirsch Auditorium. Hear from the five 2015 MISTI Excellence Award recipients as they talk about their pivotal hands-on learning experiences overseas. 

If you are interested in joining us this year, please RSVP here.

(Left to right: Beth Hadley, Ricardo De Armas, Kelly Kochanski, Ron Rosenberg and Caroline Shinkle)


  • Beth Hadley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2015
    France and Germany
    "Beth has demonstrated incredible leadership in the active role she has taken on as an ambassador to the MIT-France program. A valuable resource, Beth speaks frequently on behalf of the Program. She is able to clearly convey the importance of an international experience to her fellow students, the impact a glimpse at the French approach to problem solving has had on her studies and intended career path, and the important role MISTI plays in connecting students to our overseas partners."
  • Ron Rosenberg, Masters Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2016
    Israel, Chile and India
    "Ron’s capacity to speak and express himself in English, Hebrew and Spanish enabled him to both fully embrace the meaning of a global experience, internalize its value and be an exceptional ambassador with MIT students and key partners at MIT and abroad."


  • Ricardo De Armas, Mechanical Engineering, 2015
    "Ricardo was technically knowledgeable, something that would be expected from an MIT student from the outset, but exceeded expectations with his overall fluency and his ability to immerse himself into the country and workplace cultures."


  • Kelly Kochanski, Physics & Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, 2015
    "Kelly possesses natural leadership qualities, which were expanded through MISTI and her time in India to include international competencies we strive for in future global leaders."
  • Caroline Shinkle, Economics and Management, 2015
    Israel, Germany and France
    "Caroline is a great example of a student with a strong commitment to engaging globally, being able to navigate the global workplace and becoming a global leader."