Dr. Khotimsky was one of 23 winners out of 230 nominees.
“I couldn't be more grateful for our team, and our amazing students, who keep us inspired and motivated! This is a humbling experience, and I am truly honored and touched by this recognition,” she said when learning about the news.
The Zoom celebration of the Award is scheduled to take place on June 3, 2021, where all winners will be recognized and applauded.
Russian language was re-launched at the Institute in 2012 following sixteen years of absence from the MIT curriculum. Currently, MIT students can enroll in Russian I-V and add a class on Russian literature with an option for advanced language learners. Russian V was piloted in 2020 with the focus on vocabulary in science and technology.
Dr. Khotimsky plays an active role in the MIT Russia program by offering trainings to MIT students traveling to Russia for internships or research. “We are incredibly lucky to have Maria as part of our Russia team at MIT,” said Professor of Russian History, Faculty Co-Director of MIT Russia Elizabeth Wood. “She makes the Russian language come alive. Students are constantly singing her praises. It’s wonderful that she is winning this award.”