The Benjamin Siegel prize was established in 1990 by family and friends of the late Benjamin Siegel (S.B. 1938, Ph.D.). The Prize of $2500 is awarded to the MIT student submitting the best written work on issues in science, technology, and society. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any school or department of the Institute.  Submissions must be a single-authored work of no more than 50 pages written within the last two academic years.

Past Winners




“Policing in the Digital Porno-Tropics: Expertise, Entrapment, and the Fight Against Child Abuse Online” by Mitali Thakor, HASTS


“Contested Landscapes: Staking Claims in Michigan’s Copper Country” by Elizabeth Yarina, Architecture and City Planning


“What We Should Do Before the Social Bots Take Over: Online Privacy Protection and the Political Economy of Our Near Future” by Erhardt Graeff, Media Arts and Sciences