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. 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

Gemstone Junior & Senior Welcome Back Event 9/21

September 24th, 2020

Facilitators: Kayla Foster and Rachel Harvey
Special Panel Guests: Chris Grant, Jaishri Shankar, and Jodi Coalter
Kudos to Kayla and Rachel for doing an outstanding job with facilitating the session!
If you were unable to attend the session, you can view it here:

Incoming Class Act

September 11th, 2020

Meet two of Gemstone's incoming freshmen: Alana Ginsburg and Kalonji Harrington! Click HERE to read the article.

Gemstone First-Year Welcome Packet

August 10th, 2020

Welcome to Gemstone, Class of 2024! Check out our Gemstone Class of 2024 Welcome Packet, which contains lots of valuable information and resources to help guide you through your first-year and beyond as a Gemstone Terp. Be sure to keep this packet in a safe place, as it contains materials you will need for your Gems100 class as well as interactions with your CONNECT mentor! This packet will also be mailed to all of our first-year students' permanent home mailing addresses this week.

GEMSTONE Registration Assistance

June 24, 2020

If you are experiencing any challenges registering for Gemstone courses, we can help! If you have met with your academic advisor and are still experiencing issues due to a course restriction, please click here to fill out the permission form or visit If you are having trouble registering due to a credit limit from your college or due to a scheduling conflict, please email and we can assist!

Congratulations to team ASTRO (formerly Habitat)!

June 23, 2020

University of Maryland team took "First Place in Theme" at the 2020 NASA RASC-AL design competition. Gemstone Team HABITAT's entry, "Robotic Habitat Technologies for Minimizing Crew Maintenance Requirements", took first place in the theme "Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Gateway and/or Mars-class Transportation". Team Habitat is made up of Rachel Cueva, Rachel Harvey, Peter Mnev (who did the video presentation in the virtual competition format), Rachel Broemmelsiek, Micah Calderwood, Jaime Callejon Hierro, Scott Holmes, Imran Khawaja, William Keyman, Wilson Orlando, Jessica Queen, Micah Shenk-Evans, and Thomas Skinner. The team is mentored by Dr. Mary Bowden and David Akin.

Congratulations to CONTACT's mentor!

June 23, 2020

Click here to read more.

Team NOSALT's mentor, Dr. Birthe Kjellerup, leads a research effort to track COVID-19 via wastewater testing

May 26, 2020

Click HERE to read more.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

May 22, 2020

Click below to view the citation booklet.

2020 Citation Booklet

Additionally, click below to view the Class of 2020 collage!

Class of 2020 collage

Gemstone Calendar

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Gemstone is a Gold level Green certified office!

Gold Green Office Certified

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