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Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement

The Spencer Award, established by the daughters of Dr. Mabel S. Spencer, honors the memory and outstanding professional achievements of Dr. Spencer. It carries a stipend of $15,000 and candidacy tuition remission (if not covered by other tuition remission). 

Dr. Spencer taught at the University of Maryland from 1948 to 1968. Her energy, dynamic personality, and commitment to bringing about positive change made her a leader in the University community. Dedicated to programs and activities that advanced the interests of women at the University, Dr. Spencer was also known for her extraordinary ability to communicate with and provide assistance to her students, especially those from underrepresented minorities and from foreign countries. 

Eligible candidates must be University of Maryland doctoral students who have reached candidacy by the start of Fall 2017 classes.

Nomination Process and Deadline Information:  Departments/Programs may nominate up to two candidates.  Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate School by noon on Wednesday, March 8, 2017*.

*Eligible students must contact their department for the department’s internal deadline.

Academic Achievment Awards - Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award Guidelines

Nomination Form


Past Award Winners

Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award History