About the Awards

The University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences created the Award for Exceptional Geographical Sciences Students to recognize and celebrate local high school students who excel in the geographical sciences. Student awardees, along with two guests and their nominating teacher, are invited to the recognition banquet to accept their award, celebrate their achievement and learn from our internationally-renowned professors about the ever-growing opportunities in the field of geographical sciences. We currently focus on Prince George's, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties in addition to a few select private schools. If your school is interested in participating, contact Valeria Morales at vmorale2 [at] umd.edu.


RSVP and Event Details

Stay tuned for more information on the 2025 High School Recognition Banquet. 


Past Awards

2024 Winners

2023 Winners

2022 Winners


For more information, email Valeria Morales at vmorale2 [at] umd.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

The recognition banquet is a unique opportunity to connect with current students and professors in the Department of Geographical Sciences and learn about different academic, research and career pathways in geographical sciences. In addition to being recognized for your outstanding work, you will receive a certificate, UMD Geographical Sciences swag and a free dinner. 

Be sure to include the award on your resume! 

Yes, we will mail your award to your school. Alternatively, if your teacher attends the banquet, we can give the award to your teacher to deliver to you at a later time. 

At the time, this event is not scheduled to be live-streamed and will be taking place in-person only. 

Yes. If you arrive late, there will be volunteers by the door to assist you in finding a seat, getting food, and settling in. Please note that if you arrive after 6:30 p.m., you may miss being called onto the stage to accept your award. Food will stop being served after 7 p.m. 

Please list any ADA accommodation needs (including language translation services) on the RSVP form. If you forgot to include this on your form, please contact Valeria Morales at vmorale2 [at] umd.edu.

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