Committed to Caring

Celebrating excellence in mentorship

The Committed to Caring (C2C) program at MIT is a student-driven initiative that celebrates faculty members who have served as exceptional mentors to graduate students. Twenty-three MIT professors have been selected as recipients of the C2C award for 2023-25, marking the most extensive cohort of honorees to date. These individuals join the ranks of 75 previous C2C honorees.

The following faculty members are the 2023-2025 Committed to Caring honorees:

  • Hamsa Balakrishnan, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Cynthia Breazeal, Media Lab
  • Roberto Fernandez, Sloan School of Management
  • Nuh Gedik, Department of Physics
  • Mariya Grinberg, Department of Political Science
  • Ming Guo, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Myriam Heiman, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science
  • Rohit Karnik, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Erik Lin-Greenberg, Department of Political Science
  • Michael McDonald, Department of Physics
  • Emery Neal Brown, Department of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Wanda Orlikowski, Sloan School of Management
  • Kenneth Oye, Department of Political Science
  • Kristala Prather, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Zachary Seth Hartwig, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Tracy Slatyer, Department of Physics
  • Iain Stewart, Department of Physics
  • Andrew Vanderburg, Department of Physics
  • Rodrigo Verdi, Sloan School of Management
  • Xiao Wang, Department of Chemistry
  • Ariel White, Department of Political Science
  • Nathan Wilmers, Sloan School of Management
  • Maria Yang, Department of Mechanical Engineering

One or more honorees are celebrated roughly each month of the academic year though a broad poster campaign, MIT News articles, and profiles on this site. Find all profiles posted to date in the honoree index.

Criteria for selection for a “Committed to Caring” honor include:

  1. Impact. Who has the nominee reached with their caring actions? How deeply, and for what length of time?
  2. Reach. What is the breadth of the nominee’s caring actions? Do they have a leadership role? Are there multiple nominations? Does the nominee demonstrate a commitment to influencing or changing systems that will improve graduate life?
  3. Excellence in scholarship. In addition to the nominee’s own academic excellence, how have they contributed to student academic and professional success?
  4. Equity and inclusivity. What contributions has the nominee made toward supporting all members of the community?
  5. Professional development as an advisor. Does the nominee seek feedback or make time to conduct self-study or professional development around various aspects of mentoring and advising? This may include management, communication skills, and/or support of students with varied needs and backgrounds.