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MIT Women's League

Laya Wiesner Awards

A longtime member of the League, former MIT First Lady Laya W. Wiesner, wife of MIT's 13th President Jerome Wiesner, saw this eponymous fund established in her honor following her husband's retirement in 1980. Today, two awards that celebrate her legacy are bestowed annually. The Laya Wiesner Award recognizes an undergraduate woman "who has most enhanced MIT community life, while at the same time maintaining a good academic record." Established in 1999 after her death, the Laya Wiesner Community Award celebrates "a member or friend of the MIT community for conspicuously effective service that reflects Laya's concerns for enhancing life at the Institute and in the world at large."

To inquire about these awards, visit the Awards Convocation website. If you wish to nominate someone, please submit a letter describing their qualifications and accomplishments, include relevant supporting documents, and send to the Awards Committee W32-139 or via email to