The Graduate School Fund for Excellence provides the most immediate source of support for graduate students and faculty. This fund gives the Dean of the Graduate School the flexibility to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and needs. Gifts enable and advance cutting-edge research, international collaborations, and dissertation and degree completion. Starting in the fall of 2019, Dr. Rita Leahy (’89 PhD) made a large contribution to this fund to enable the Graduate School to provide agile support for doctoral students seeking non-academic career paths.
Smaller contributions can have a large impact. A couple of hundred dollars can address an immediate need a graduate student might have, and support and enhance their experience while at Maryland.