The purpose of the GSD Reward and Recognition Committee is to recognize employee excellence at the Graduate School of Design. The Committee selects monthly Applause Award winners and annual Deans Award winners from nominations submitted by GSD staff. The Committee also co-hosts the Annual Staff Potluck and Annual Staff Summer BBQ with the Staff and Community Committee. 

Applause Award

The Applause Award is a monthly award given to one staff member. Winners of the Applause Award receive $50 to be used towards a Harvard’s Outings and Innings purchase!

View past Applause Award winners

Dean's Award for Employee Excellence/ HARVARD HEROES

The Dean's Award is an annual award given to one employee or a group of employees who have displayed outstanding initiative, leadership, and commitment to quality or has performed above his or her job description. The winner of the Dean's Award receives $1,000 and two extra vacation days.

View past Dean's Award winners


Beginning in January, faculty and staff  celebrating anniversaries will receive a special message of thanks and congratulations, as well as a choice of gifts during their anniversary month.  The new program will expand the reach of the current 25-year program.

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Applause Award Nomination Form

Dean's Award Information

Dean's Award Nomination Form (Individual)

Harvard Heroes Recognition Criteria

Committee Members

Dan Borelli, Exhibitions

Mark Hagen, Computer Resources

Karen Kittredge, Finance

Trevor O'Brien, Building Services

Lisa Plosker, Human Resources

Aimee Taberner, Academic Services

Meghan Sandberg, Communications

Rachel Vroman, Digital Fabrication Lab

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