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The Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study

After earning multiple degrees at the University of Maryland culminating with a doctorate in 1941, Dr. Michael J. Pelczar’s professional career at the University began in 1946 and spanned over 30 years.  He was a Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology and served as Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research for many years.  In honor of Dr. Pelczar’s retirement in 1977, the Michael J. Pelczar Graduate Award was established from contributions made by friends and alumni and the award is intended to honor excellence in graduate studies. 

The Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study offers $1,000 to an outstanding University of Maryland doctoral candidate who has demonstrated excellence beyond his or her course work, and who has served at least one academic year as a teaching assistant with a commendable performance.

Eligible candidates must be University of Maryland doctoral students who have reached candidacy by April 1, 2017.

Nomination Process and Deadline Information:  Deparments/Programs may nominate up to two students.  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.

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Past Winners

Michael J. Pelczar Winners History