As the highest honor from the School of Public Health, the award recognizes outstanding professional achievement, service to the school, cultivation of a culture of philanthropy and/or advancement of one of the Dean’s strategic priorities. 

Awardees have the opportunity to engage with the School of Public health community through speaking engagements and mentoring opportunities. 

Honorees are recognized during the annual dean’s dinner.

Nomination Criteria

  • Nominees must be a part of the School of Public Health community (e.g. volunteer, alumnus/na, community partner, etc.). They do not have to be an alumnus/a. Current employees are not eligible.
  • Nominees must be distinguished in their profession.
  • Nominees must reflect the core values of UMD and SPH.
  • Nominees must be able to attend the dean’s dinner.

Self-nominations are accepted. 

The nomination deadline for the 2019 award cycle has closed.
The the nomination process for the 2020 award cycle will be announced later this year. 

Nominations are reviewed by the School of Public Health’s Distinguished Terrapin Award Selection Committee comprised of the dean, assistant dean for development, two department chairs, a dean’s council member, and previous winners.

Up to four awardees are selected. Though a person may only win once, nominations will carry over into the next year so long as nominees remain eligible.

Read about the 2019 Distinguished Terrapins »