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Nominations for Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award Due Feb. 4

January 28, 2016

Each spring the University of Maryland celebrates graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to the University community in the areas of service, involvement, leadership, and scholarship.  I invite you to nominate a graduate student for the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award.  The award will be presented on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the University Awards Program hosted by the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life and Omicron Delta Kappa.

 Candidates for this award will be judged using the following award criteria:

Service to their department, the campus and broader community
Involvement in campus organizations, issues and activities
Demonstrated leadership in departmental or campus graduate student issues
Good scholarship, as reflected in research, publication, presentations, and professional contributions.

These criteria will be evaluated with the following considerations:

As the “Distinguished Service” award, service to the department, the campus and broader community is the primary criteria. 
Service, involvement, leadership, and scholarship should be above and beyond the scope of typical assistantship or job responsibilities.
The award is not intended to reward scholarship for scholarship’s sake, but rather scholarly work that complements a nominee’s service to department, campus and community.
The award is intended to recognize the service and contributions made by the individual during his/her career as a graduate student at the University of Maryland.  Service, involvement, leadership and scholarship occurring prior to the start of the individual’s graduate studies will be considered as background context but not as qualifications for the award.

You will be asked to complete a nomination form with the nominator’s and nominee’s information.  Only one nomination may be submitted for each nominee.  Nomination materials include at least one letter of nomination addressing the above criteria in no more than two single-spaced pages, and the nominee’s current resume or curriculum vitae.  We will also ask that the nominee include a personal statement that describes how they have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the University community in the areas of service, involvement, leadership, and scholarship.  The personal statement limit is 500 words or less double-spaced.  Self-nominations are also invited, but should be accompanied by at least one letter of support.  To represent a holistic view of the nominee, please coordinate submission of the letters and materials.  All nomination materials must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016. 

I encourage you to share this material with members of your organization.  Please contact Donna Lim at 301-314-8491 or via e-mail at should you have questions about the nomination process or the Awards Program. 

If you experience technical difficulties with submitting the nomination form, please email Technical Support at

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

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7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742