Alumni Awards Nomination Criteria and Process

The MGH Institute's two alumni awards are open to Institute graduates from all programs. Nominations are welcome throughout the year.

Bette Ann Harris ‘83 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Bette Ann Harris ‘83 Distinguished Alumni Award, named in honor of the MGH Institute's first degree recipient and Professor Emerita, is the highest form of recognition awarded to a graduate of the IHP. It has been presented annually since 2005.


The Bette Ann Harris Distinguished Alumni Award is open to alumni from any academic program who received their first health professions degree ten or more years ago. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and service in advancing health care through the professions, and in support of the mission of the MGH Institute in one or more of the following ways:

  • Expanding and refining the scientific basis for clinical practice through research and scholarship;
  • Contributing to new models of practice to foster provision of effective, affordable, and ethical health care;
  • Contributing significantly to advancing the mission, reputation, and standards of the MGH Institute.

Greater weight will be given to nominations where the candidate’s background and accomplishments incorporate elements of all three criteria, versus nominations where the candidate excels in only one area.

Submit an Alumni online nomination for the Bette Ann Harris '83 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Emerging Leader Alumni Award

The Emerging Leader Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the professions and the drive to develop innovative, effective, and responsible health care practices. It has been presented annually since 2010.


The award is open to all alumni who have graduated with their first professional degree from any Institute academic program within the past ten years. It will go to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to his/her professional disciplines and/or health care in one or more of the following ways:

  • Implementing innovative models or programs that contribute to advancing the health professions and have the potential to change the health care landscape;
  • Committing to and promoting ethical health care practices in the local and/or global community; or
  • Using their leadership role and skills to advocate for change and advancement while continuing to provide the highest quality of care.

Submit an Alumni online nomination for the Emerging Leader Alumni Award.

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2023 are currently being accepted online until March 17, 2023.

The MGH Institute recognizes and honors alumni for outstanding merit. Nominations are accepted from any source, and sought annually from Institute alumni, faculty, staff, and professional peers. To nominate an individual for any one of these awards, please submit:

  • A letter of recommendation citing specific reasons why the individual is deserving of the award;
  • The nominee’s name, program of study, year of graduation, and complete contact information;
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae; and
  • OPTIONAL: Up to three (3) optional supporting letters or documentation. Each supporting letter should be no more than two pages long, and at least one of these must come from outside the Institute.

Nominations can be submitted using the online form.

If  you would prefer to email or mail your nomination, please download  and complete the printable version of the nomination form and send it and the supporting documents to, or to:

Office of Alumni Relations
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Charlestown Navy Yard
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129-4557


The alumni awards are presented each year during Commencement, where the recipients will be invited to join the stage party. Academic regalia will be provided.

Recipients will be notified at least one month prior to Commencement, and are responsible for any travel arrangements. The recipients, along with any personal guests, will be invited to join the stage party at a pre-Commencement luncheon.

Selection Committee

The committee is appointed by the President, and staffed by the Director of Alumni Relations, who will lead/coordinate the committee efforts.

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