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

Gems Camp 2019 Registration is now LIVE!

May 30, 2019

Hey Gemstone Class of 2023!

Gems Camp is a two-night, off-campus orientation program designed to help incoming Gemstone students transition into the University of Maryland and the Gemstone Honors Program prior to the first day of classes. If living on campus, students have the added benefit of moving in early.

Registration for Gems Camp 2019 is now LIVE! Visit to register! Registration closes on Thursday, August 1st, 2019.

For more information regarding Gems Camp, please visit our Gems Camp page.

Save the Dates: Gemstone Thesis Conference and Citation Ceremony

March 26, 2019

Here We GO! Gemstone Opportunity (GO) Fund Launch!

March 6, 2019

This Giving Day, Wednesday, March 6th, help us launch our Gemstone Opportunity (GO) Fund, an initiative created by our Gemstone Alumni Board. To learn more about the Fund, visit this page.

Check out this video, featuring some current Gemstone students and what would help them GO.

To Donate, visit or click the Donate button below!

Introducing the Gemstone Opportunity (GO) Fund!

February 15, 2019

We said something BIG was coming...and here it is!! We are SO excited to introduce the new Gemstone Opportunity (GO) Fund, an initiative created by our Gemstone Alumni Board. Watch THIS VIDEO, where Gemstone Alumnus Thomas Haun'05 talks about the fund, how it benefits both Gemstone alumni and students, and ways to engage with us on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, where we will have a day long event on campus with giveaways, fun activites, and MORE!

More details and information coming soon! Special thanks to our Gemstone Alumni Board who have worked on the details of this initiative: Thomas Haun'05, Jeremy Rachlin'02, Nikhil Joshi'07, Maureen Bowers'13, and Lara Fu'17!

Congratulations to the newly admitted Honors College Terps!

February 1, 2019

Congratulations to the newly admitted Class of 2023! Don't forget to preference your living-learning program by February 15th. For more information regarding preferencing programs, please visit the Next Steps page. For more information regarding Gemstone, check out our Admitted Student page on our website here.

Congratulations to Team MICRO!

November 29, 2018

Team MICRO (represented by Katherine Jones and Morgan Janes) had the opportunity to present at the MicroTAS Conference on November 11th to 15th in Taiwan. In addition to recieving the Young Scientist Travel Award, when they arrived at the conference they learned they recieved the honor of being Poster Award Finalists which is only awarded to the top 10% of teams. Congratulations Team MICRO!

Congratulations to Class of 2020 at Do Good Showcase!

November 20, 2018

Congratulations to all of our Gemstone juniors, who presented their research at our inaugural Do Good Showcase yesterday evening: Teams E-JUSTICE, ART, SWARM-AI, FEELS, PROCESS, CAPTURE, OPTIC, LYTIC, COR, VISOR, and TISSUE. We are so proud of you for reaching this milestone! Special thanks to our showcase judges and the Do Good Institute: Professor Frank Coale, Professor Bill Dorland, Kaitlin Gray, Ed Lin, Dr. Marcio Oliveira, and Bryan Quinn! Special congratulations to teams ART, CAPTURE, and TISSUE for recieving additional funding from the Do Good Institute based on their team presentation!

Gemstone Alumni Mentor & Partner Program !

September 27, 2018

We are excited to announce the second year of our Gemstone Alumni Mentor & Partner Program (AMPP). AMPP is an initiative which pairs current students and alumni based on interests and academic/career similarities. This mentoring experience is largely virtual as students will connect with their mentors via Skype, Google Hangout, etc, but in-person meetings are encouraged if possible. Students will be paired with an alumni mentor by mid-October. The formal mentoring relationship will begin in this Fall semester and continue through Spring 2019, culminating with an AMPP Networking Event in DC in mid-April.

If you are interested, please see the infographic for more information, including mentee expectations and required events. Please sign up here by October 12th at 5:00pm. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail Leah Tobin at

Congratulations to Dr. Jin-Oh Hahn and Dr. Steve Jay!

September 13, 2018

Dr. Jin-Oh Hahn mentor of senior Gemstone Team Pressure and former mentor Dr. Steve Jay have won National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Awards this year! The five-year awards are the NSF’s most prestigious in support of junior faculty members who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. You can read about the awardees and their projects here!


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