Established December 18, 1977, by contributions from friends and alumni in honor of the retirement of Dr. Michael J. Pelczar, Jr., after 11 years as Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research. Dr. Pelczar, who holds both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University, served for 16 years on the Maryland faculty as Professor of Microbiology prior to becoming Vice President. The income is to be used for an annual award to a deserving graduate student. The award is to be for excellence and is to be in addition to any other assistance the student may be receiving.