World Class Faculty & Research / June 21, 2023

Smith Announces Ritu Agarwal Distinguished PhD Fellowship

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has established the Ritu Agarwal Distinguished PhD Fellowship in Information Systems.

The fellowship represents Agarwal’s legacy as an award-winning scholar and teacher for the Smith School. Over her long career at the University of Maryland, she has been recognized as a University Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Distinguished University Professor, in addition to her leadership roles as senior associate dean of faculty and research and interim dean of the Smith School.

Agarwal’s philanthropy established the $250,000 fellowship, which will support one or more doctoral students in the area of Information Systems at Smith, effective fall 2023.

Agarwal joined Smith in 1999 and was founding director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems. Her research at Smith focused on information technology in healthcare, health analytics and artificial intelligence applications in health. Collectively, her work and service, including as interim dean, drew numerous awards and culminated with her receiving the 2021 UMD President’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Maryland.

More information on the Agarwal fellowship is forthcoming. For related information, go to The Graduate School Fellowship Information site and the Smith School’s PhD Program homepage.

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