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

Honorees will be recognized during the annual dean’s dinner on April 12, 2019.

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 on April 12, 2019.

Self-nominations are accepted. 

The nomination deadline for the 2019 award cycle has closed.

Nominations will be 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 three awardees will be notified in February 2019. Though a person may only win once, nominations will carry over into the next year so long as nominees remain eligible.