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

Several Gemstone students participate in UMD Hyperlooop Space Competition!

February 9th, 2017

About 60 University of Maryland students are helping pave the way for high-speed travel and many of them are Gemstone students! UMDLoop brought its pod to SpaceX's first competition weekend in California from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, where 27 teams participated. Read more about UMDLoop and its contribution so SpaceX here!

Dr. Anlage & Team TESLA Named Finalist for Invention of the Year Award!

February 9th, 2017

Congratulations to team TESLA and their mentor, Dr. Anlage, for being named a finalist for Invention of the Year Award! The team has found they can transmit power, such as by charging a cellphone, without knowing an object's location or disturbing its surroundings. Read more about the nomination here!

Congratulations to Gemstone senior Elfadil Osman for receiving the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship!

February 9th, 2017

Senior physiology and neurobiology major Elfadil Osman, on our very own Team MORALS, has been named a 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which allows students outside of the United Kingdom to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge, is considered one of the most prestigious academic awards available to college graduates. Elfadil plans to use the scholarship toward a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Read more about Elfadil and his accomplishments here!

Congratulations Class of 2021!

January 30, 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their college acceptances! Make sure to check out our Admitted Students page for important dates and updates! We hope to meet you soon!

Congratulations to our Aspiring Humanitarians!

December 6, 2016

Congratulations to Marquise Singleterry (Team VESSEL, 2017) and Pradip Ramamurti (Team MTB, 2017) on being named Aspiring Humanitarians by CMNS! Read more about there experiences by clicking here!

Congratulations to FedCentric Award Winners!

November 29, 2016

We are happy to announce that FedCentric Technologies sponsored Junior Colloquia this year. As a part of the sponsorship, they offered prize money and other services to select teams. Congratulations to Team MATRIX and Team Blood for winning in the Biosciences category. Congratulations to Team ARM IT and Team BIASES for winning in the Cyber Technologies category! For more information click here.

Congratulations to our very own 2016 Gingrich-Firebaugh Scholarship Recipient!

November 3, 2016

Brianna is a Chemistry and Psychology double major on Team BIASES, and is hoping to pursue research in environmental chemistry after graduation. She is currently pledging Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and hopes to become a member by the end of the semester. She has volunteered with various organizations on campus, including Hungry Harvest. She is also a member of the American Chemical Society.

Gemstone at U21 Monterrey Conference

October 25, 2016

The Office of International Affairs highlights three of our Gemstone students who attended the U21 Undergraduate Confernce in Monterrey, Mexico! Tom Mumford (2018), Casey Lim (2017), and Melanie Zheng (2017) represented their respective teams at this conference on "A Global Perspective on Aging Societies."
Click here to read about Tom and Casey's unique social and cultural experience at the conference in this interview with the Office of International Affairs.

Become a Gemstone Section Leader!

October 20, 2016

The application for GEMS102 and GEMS104 Section Leaders for Spring 2017 is live! For more information and to apply click the following link:
Contact Dr. Skendall with any questions about GEMS102 and contact Leah Tobin regarding GEMS104. For best consideration, apply by Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:59PM

Attention Gemstone Friends and Families!

October 4, 2016

Take a look at our first ever Gemstone Friends & Family Newsletter. Stay in touch, learn about what's happening in Gemstone, and engage with GFF! We can't wait to see you all at our Family Weekend Tailgate on Saturday, October 15th. To learn more and RSVP visit!

GFF Newsletter Fall 2016
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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.

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