New Freshman Awards recognize exceptional first-year students

Published in MIT Campus News: May 27, 2011

On May 12, seven members of MIT's Class of 2014 were presented with the first-ever Freshman Awards. Created by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP), the Freshman Awards recognize the distinguished achievements of freshmen who, immediately upon entry, made a deep and sustained commitment to student life and learning at the Institute.

2011 Freshman Awards Recipients

Each recipient demonstrated a meaningful, positive contribution to MIT in one or more of the following areas: academics and research, athletics, diversity and culture, entrepreneurship, leadership, performing arts/fine arts and service.

In presenting the awards, Julie Norman, senior associate dean and director of UAAP, said: "The entire class is terrific, but these seven individuals have made a significant mark on MIT. … Their performance has been exceptional and they quickly made an impact on our campus."

The 2011 recipients were:

  • Raul Rios for Distinguished Achievement in Academics and Research
  • Justin Bullock for Distinguished Achievement in Athletics
  • Benjamin Bell for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity and Culture
  • Sabrina Pasterski for Distinguished Achievement in Entrepreneurship
  • Betsy Riley for Distinguished Achievement in Leadership
  • Daniel Mokhtari for Distinguished Achievement in the Performing Arts
  • Paige Finkelstein for Distinguished Achievement in Service

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