Gemstone Honors Program
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The Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Now in it's seventeenth year, the Gemstone Honors Program continues to challenge and support students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Learn more about Gemstone.

News and Announcements

FedCentric Technologies Supports Gemstone Junior Colloquium

September 20, 2016

FedCentric Technologies LLC, a government contractor specializing in High Performance Data Analytics, is pleased to announce its new collaboration with the Gemstone Honors Program. Starting this fall, the College Park based company will be sponsoring prizes for quality research, as determined by the presentations at Junior Colloquium. First place winners in the Bioscience and Cyber Security categories will receive financial support for their ongoing projects. First and second place winners will also receive logistical support for their ongoing projects, which includes access to FedCentric Laboratory’s supercomputing platforms.
For more information on FedCentric, please visit their website here and their brochures here and here.

FedCentric Technologies

Gemstone at the U21 Conference

September 13, 2016

This summer three of our very own Gemstone Students travelled to Monterrey, Mexico to present their research at the Universitas 21 Conference. Melanie Zheng represented Team INJECT as she presented her team's work on liposomal drug delivery. Casey Lim, Team VESSEL, Tom Mumford, Team MATRIX, and Jon Hoffman, Team DIRE also participated in the conference. Click here to read more about Melanie's experience.

Current and Former Gemstone Mentors to be Honored at Faculty and Staff Convocation

August 23, 2016

Current mentor of Class of 2018 team BioChips, William Bentley, and former Gemstone mentor, Rama Chellappa, are being recognized as Distinguished University Professors at the Faculty and Staff Convocation at Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 14th. Former mentor, Steven Anlage, is also being honored with the Distinguished Scholar-Teachers award. Click here to read more.

Fall 2016 Welcome Events Calendar!

August 16, 2016

See the calendar below for upcoming events!

Fall 2016 Welcome CalendarClick image to enlarge

Gems Camp 2016: Move-In Information for Tuesday, August 23rd

August 3, 2016

All students registered for Gems Camp should have received an email from with a confirmation packet, which contains important information regarding move-in, camp check-in, and a packing list for camp. This email was sent to the email address listed on the student’s registration form. Additionally, all students should have received the following email message HERE If you have any questions regarding Gems Camp or did not receive any confirmation emails, please email or call 301-458-0784.
We can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks!

Gems Camp 2016: Tuesday, August 23rd- Thursday, August 25th

August 3, 2016

Gems Camp 2016 registration is now closed (Deadline was Monday, August 1st by 5pm). If you have any questions regarding Gems Camp registration, please email

Jonathan Fix'15, founder of Terps Against Hunger, organizes event with Alumni Association!

July 29, 2016

Terps against Hunger, founded by gemstone alumni Jonathan Fix'15 recently teamed up with the Alumni Association to pack 42000 meals. Click here to read more.

Don't forget to register for Gems Camp 2016!

July 11, 2016

Registration for Gems Camp closes on Monday, August 1st at 5pm. To register, please visit For more information about Gems Camp, please visit the Gems Camp page and check out our promotional video below!

Gemstone Students and The Catalyst

July 7, 2016

The Catalyst, UMD's Undergraduate Bioengineering and Biotechnology Research Journal, focuses on research on campus in order to increase student interest and involvement. Check out this summer's issue to see the work that our very own Gemstone students are doing on campus by clicking below!

The Catalyst

Congratulations to Gemstone Students!

June 21, 2016

The following students were awarded national scholarships or summer research experiences:
Erica Brown, Hollings
Andrea Bajcsy, NSF Fellowship and Undergraduate Researcher of the Year
Arjun Adapa, Fulbright
Rachel O’Meara, Fulbright
Adam Berger, Goldwater
Glory Mgboji, Maryland Summer Scholar (Baltimore)
Jay Swayambunathan, Maryland Summer Scholar (Baltimore)
Hoang Nguyen, CLS, Gilman, Project Go
Jonathon Zytnick, NSF (2008 Alumnus)

Gems Camp 2016 Registration is now LIVE!

June 03, 2016

Gems Camp 2016 will be from Tuesday, August 23rd – Thursday, August 25th, 2016, and registration is now open! To register, click the logo below! For more information regarding Gems Camp, click here.

Dr. Hu creates Invisible Wood!

June 01, 2016

Dr. Liangbing Hu, a current Gemstone mentor to Team NATURE, has developed a superior and transparent form of wood. It has the potential to replace other materials like plastic, glass and steel. This new wood has countless environmentally-friendly implications. To learn more click here.

Congratulations Lara Fu!

June 01, 2016

Lara Fu, a senior on Team MORALS, received the UMD English Department Writing Contest Award for her grant proposal, an assignment in her professional writing course. The goal of the proposal is to implement and expand the Theatre Lab’s Life Learning Program at local elementary schools. The program combines academic assistance and theatre education. Congratulations Lara! Click here to read Lara's proposal.

Join us for our Gemstone Summer BBQ!

May 23, 2016

Miss your Gemstone friends already? Want to meet some current Gemstone students, alumni, and staff? Join us for our Gemstone Honors Program Summer BBQ!

This event will be held on Sunday, July 17th from 3:00pm-6:00pm (rain or shine) at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, MD. This BBQ is open to all current and incoming Gemstone students, their families, and Gemstone alumni! Per person cost includes a meal and dessert. We hope to see you there!

Summer BBQ
For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Congratulations Gemstone Class of 2016!

May 23, 2016

We can't believe another academic year is complete! Congratulations to our new Gemstone Alumni, Class of 2016. To see more photos from Citation Ceremony 2016, please visit our flickr account here. In addition, all of our award winners from Spring Soiree and Citation Ceremony are updated! Visit our awards page here

Team Tesla at the 2016 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference

May 10, 2016

Team TESLA attended the 2016 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference in Aveiro, Portugal this past weekend. The team was represented by Frank Cangialosi and Scott Roman, along with their mentor, Professor Steve Anlage. The students gave talks and presented their poster on their concept for a wireless power transfer system based on time-reversed electromagnetic waves. Team TESLA won the Best Paper Award for the entire conference! For the full story, click here.

Congratulations Arjun Adapa and Rachel O’Meara!

May 10, 2016

Arjun Adapa, a senior on Team JUDGMENT, received the 2016-2017 Fulbright Award. He will be living in the Netherlands to conduct Alzheimer's disease research. This is a great opportunity for Arjun to gain new mentors and collaborate with them before he goes onto medical school. Good luck Arjun!
To read more about this scholarship and the experience click here.
Rachel O’Meara is a senior majoring in linguistics and Chinese. She has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan, where she will improve her ESL teaching skills. In addition to teaching, Ms. O’Meara plans to participate in regional festivals and to organize groups to explore the mountains through biking, hiking, and camping. She aspires to become a Foreign Service Officer. Good luck Rachel!

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