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Celebrating Gemstone’s 25th Anniversary
Gemstone is excited to celebrate Gemstone’s 25th Anniversary: Twenty-Five Years of Impact and Inquiry. Our hope is to not only connect with our Gemstone community, but to also highlight the amazing work that Gemstone has accomplished over the past 25 years. Click here learn more about ways to engage and celebrate with us.
News and Announcements
Career Zig Zags
Career Zig-Zags is an opportunity for members of the Gemstone community to connect with alumni about navigating unique and non-linear career paths and building a fulfilling career. On Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00pm EST, our alumni panelists Sarah Dammeyer ('03), University of Maryland English Department, Marcelo Fernández-Viña ('07), The Pew Charitable Trusts, Laura Jones ('14), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Teddy Tien ('08), Sanofi Genzyme, will share their experiences and advice on thoughtfully and strategically crafting a career (or, perhaps, figuring it out along the way!); building and leveraging networks; switching sectors; and effectively identifying, developing, and marketing your skills and experiences. This event is open to Gemstone students and alumni! Register at go.umd.edu/gemscareerzigzags.
Giving Day 2021
Save the date: March 3, 2021
Why give? Donor Ken Schwartz shares his story
Congratulations to Gemstone Alum, Chris Grant '13!
December 10, 2020
DO GOOD SHOWCASE WINNERS!DO Good News: Gemstone winners Click Here
November 17, 2020
November 12, 2020
Gingrich Firebaugh Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Congratulations Justin Chang!
Gemstone's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives
October 19th, 2020
In accordance with our commitment to racial justice and equity, Gemstone will host a town hall for our community each semester as an opportunity to listen to our community and be held accountable to these commitments and goals. The first such town hall will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm ET. Register in advance for this conversation . Learn more about the Gemstone Leadership Council's efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion and the new GEMS208R: Equity-Centered Dialogue Facilitation course.
October 7th, 2020
Congratulations to Jay Swayambunathan, Class of 2018, Team MATRIX on his recent publication and recognition featured in the New York Times! Click here to view the article.
Gemstone Library Award
October 6th, 2020
Congratulations to team REACH on receiving the Donald and Katherine Buxton first place award with $2000 in team funds and teams BRAIN and GECKO who will each receive $1000 in team research funds.
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Celebrating Gemstone's 25th Anniversary
October 5th, 2020
Although we are collectively experiencing a global pandemic, we are excited to come together as a community to celebrate a significant milestone, Gemstone's 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Impact and Inquiry. As we begin to reflect and celebrate 25 years of Gemstone, we want to hear from YOU regarding your own Gemstone experiences! Our hope is to not only connect with our Gemstone community, but also to highlight the amazing work that Gemstone has accomplished over the past 25 years.
If you would like to share your memories and stories with us, please visit go.umd.edu/gemsfromgems.
Distinguished Forum featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
October 5th, 2020
The University of Maryland welcomes Dr. Mona Hann-Attisha for a virtual conversation. She is the author of What the Eyes Don't See. The book is an amazing story about Dr. Hanna-Attisha's role as a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate whose research exposes the Flint water crisis, with themes of environmental racism, sustainability, humanity, ethics, medicine, innovation and so much more. Click here to view her inspiring personal story.