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

Dr. Coale named 2014 Soil Science of America Fellow

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.

Gems Camp

August 27th and 28th

Gems camp is an overnight orientation experience offered only to incoming Gemstone students. You'll Gems Camp Logo 2014: Better Togethermove into your room in Ellicott Hall a day earlier than the rest of the Honors College (Tuesday, August 26th) and we will leave for camp on Wednesday, August 27th. Gems camp is one night at the West River Center near Annapolis, MD. There are games, icebreakers, and other activities designed to introduce you to the Gemstone Program and UMD right from the start- and you'll return to campus with tons of new Gemstone friends! Over 80% of the incoming class typically attends Gems Camp- you won't want to miss out. The cost for Gems Camp is $140.

Don't miss this incredible experience! Watch the promotional video and register today!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

On Wednesday, May 21st we celebrated the graduating class of 2014! We know that you all will go on to do incredible things. Stay in touch as alumni!

View photos from Citation Ceremoy.

Congratulations to Dr. Liangbing Hu!

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.

On Campus for Honors Orientation?

Come visit us in Ellicott! Our staff is happy to show the Gemstone space and answer any questions you may have.

Summer Receptions

The Gemstone Program invites incoming Gemstone students and their families to attend one of our three Summer Family Receptions (July 8th, July 21st and July 27th). The first two receptions will be held on campus in the Portico Room at McKeldin Library and the last will be held at the Green family residence. We look forward to meeting you as we share helpful information about the program prior to move-in this August. The Gemstone Staff and current Gemstone students will be in attendance to answer your questions and share in your excitement about becoming a part of the Gemstone family!

Click here for more information and to sign up for a Summer Family Reception.

The Stone Goes Digital

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

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Gemstone Photos

Visit our Picassa Gallery to view photos from Gemstone programs and events.