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

Congratulations Rachel and Sarah!

October 9, 2017

This year's Gingrich recipients are Rachel Wills and Sarah Young, who are both on Team FEELS (2020)! Congratulations to these brilliant young ladies! Read more about them here:
Sarah is a sophomore bioengineering major from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the newly formed UMD chapter of Engineering World Health. She is a member of Team FEELS. She is also a research assistant in the Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing Lab run by Dr. Ryan Sochol.
Over this past summer, Rachel participated in a Research Scholar program at Lehigh Valley Heath Network where she conducted research and shadowed numerous physicians. In addition, she resumed volunteering at Peaceable Kingdom, an animal rescue shelter, for which she has been involved the past 6 years. While at the University of Maryland, she is an executive board member for the Biomedical Engineering Society and will soon begin volunteering at a local hospital. Post-graduation, Rachel plans to attend medical school and aspires to become an emergency medicine physician.

GFF Family Weekend Tailgate

September 25, 2017

Please join us for our GFF Family Weekend Tailgate on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Meet on the lawn outside the back of Ellicott Hall (Diner side) 2.5 hours before game time. RSVP here!

Gemstone Alumni Hard at Work

September 25, 2017

Curtis Bennett, a former member of Team Saving Testudo was featured for his environmental work in his local community. We are so proud of Curtis for all that he does! Read more about his outreach programs here.

Gemstone Students Doing Amazing Things

September 11, 2017

Jaishri Shankar (Gemstone Alumna, Class of 2013) was featured on national television on Friday through XQ America and talks about how her school (Washington Leadership Academy) uses the power of technology to transform education (start at 39 min mark to see the school's segment).

Also, two of our first year students, Morgan Robinson and Ryan Utz were featured in Terp magazine as "incoming incredibles!" Read more about it here.

Congratulations Team CLOT!

September 7, 2017

Congratulations Team CLOT (2015) on their publication in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research! Our alumni have been hard at work even after graduating from Gemstone and the University of Maryland 2 years ago to achieve this publication! Click here to read the amazing work they have done!

Fall 2017 Welcome Events Calendar!

August 10, 2017

See the calendar below for upcoming events this fall!

Fall 2017 Welcome CalendarClick image to enlarge

Congratulations Cara Schiksnis!

August 3rd, 2017

Cara Schiksnis of Team OYSTERS (2019) is one of four students to be awarded the 2017 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship entails an exciting summer with NOAA, gaining hands on training in science, research, technology, policy, management and education. Congratulations Care on this amazing opportunity! Click here to learn more about Cara and the other recipients!

Congratulations Natalya Gallo!

July 31st, 2017

Natalyo Gallo is a Gemstone alumni, who was a member of Team BREATHE and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011. She is currently a PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. She has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship for her passion and commitment to improving environmental conditions. Congratulations Natalya and good luck!

Click here to learn more about Natalya and the fellowship.

Funding Opportunity for Gemstone Teams

July 31st, 2017

The Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD. The priority deadline for applications is October 15 and the final deadline is January 15. Apply now!

Attention Class of 2021!

July 25th, 2017

Check out all the fun and adventure awaiting your arrival at Gems Camp in this promo video! Registration is open and due by August 1st, 2017! Register now, you won't want to miss out on the excitement!

Click here for more information about Gems Camp

Gemstone Students in Scotland

June 28th, 2017

Dr. Coale was joined by Christina Hnatov, Team SPACE (2019), Sarah Frail, Team PHAGE (2018), Thea Ornstein, Team OMEGA (2019) and Anna Lin, Team VIRUS (2018) at the U21 URC Conference at the University of Edinburgh. Click here to learn more about the conference and the research our brilliant students are conducting!

U21 Conference

U21 Conference

Summer BBQ Fun!

June 20th, 2017

Miss your Gemstone friends? Want me to meet the Gemstone Class of 2021? Come out to the Gemstone Summer BBQ on Sunday, July 16, 2017! This is a fun and relaxing way to connect with Gemstone students, alumni, friends and family. RSVP now by clicking here before ticket prices go up on July 1st!

Summer BBQ 2017

Citation Ceremony Photos

June 6th, 2017

Congratulations once again to our graduating seniors on their Gemstone citation!

Citation Ceremony 2017
Click the image to see more photographs from the ceremony.

Gemstone Class of 2021- Updated Admitted Students Page!

June 2nd, 2017

We are so excited to welcome you to our Gemstone family. Check out our newly updated Admitted Students page on From our Summer BBQ to Gems Camp registration information, take a look at some our important announcements! Questions? Email

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The Stone

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Gemstone Photos

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Gemstone is a Gold level Green certified office!

Gold Green Office Certified

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