Gemstone Honors Program


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

Gemstone Freshman Welcome

August 27, 2014

Freshman Welcome is Tuesday, September 2nd (first day of classes) from 6:30-7:30pm in the Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union.
**This event is mandatory for ALL first year Gemstone students unless you have class**

Freshman Welcome FlyerClick image to enlarge

Congratulations to Nathalia Henriquez, 2014 recipient of the Gingrich Firebaugh Scholarship!

August 27, 2014

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nathalia spent six years attending summer pre-college programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It was there where she found an interest in engineering after being exposed to various stem fields. As a Civil Engineering major and International Engineering minor, Nathalia hopes to graduate and earn her Masters in Business Administration. She sees herself traveling to many different countries to gain exposure to different cultures and ideas. Her overall goal is to be a leader and own/run a company of her own. 

Welcome Class of 2018!

August 26, 2014

Get excited for all of the fun activities we have planned to welcome you to campus and to Gemstone!

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Dr. Coale named 2014 Soil Science of America Fellow

July 28, 2014

Dr. Frank Coale, Professor and Gemstone Director, was named one of the 2014 Soil Science of America Fellows. This prestigious award recognizing the contributions of Dr. Coale to advancing soil science is the highest recognition bestowed by the Soil Science of America.

Congratulations to Dr. Liangbing Hu!

July 3, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Liangbing Hu, mentor to team NATURE (2017), on a successful collaboration with colleagues at Monash University in Australia. Read the full story here.

The Stone Goes Digital

Gemstone's The Stone is now online! Visit to learn why current students chose Gemstone.

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