Gemstone Honors Program
gemstone students

About Gemstone

The Gemstone Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Under guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff, teams of students design, direct and conduct significant research, often but not exclusively exploring the interdependence of science and technology with society. Gemstone students are members of a living-learning community comprised of fellow students, faculty and staff who work together to enrich the undergraduate experience. This community challenges and supports the students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. In the fourth year, each team of students presents its research in the form of a thesis to experts, and the students complete the program with a citation and a tangible sense of accomplishment.

Our Mission

The Gemstone Honors Program engages students in a rigorous and rewarding undergraduate research experience utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. In partnership with extraordinary faculty, Gemstone research teams advance knowledge and explore society’s urgent questions. The Gemstone Honors Program challenges and supports student growth and learning in a community that values leadership, mentoring and relationship building.

Our Commitment

We are committed to the development of citizens, scholars and leaders. Our efforts are focused on holistic student development, both inside and outside the classroom. We value qualities of mutual respect, intellectual excitement, collaboration, and diversity of thought. We strive to give our students transferable skills that will be valuable for wherever life leads them.

Contact Information

Gemstone Program
0100 Ellicott Hall (Bldg 256)
4052 Stadium Drive Garage
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.458.0784
Fax: 301.314.8469

From Capital Beltway (I-95/495):

  • Take exit 25B (Route 1, College Park exit) from the Beltway. (If coming from Baltimore on I-95, take exit 27, Route 1, College Park exit).
  • Stay in the right lane on the exit ramp. Go 2 miles and turn RIGHT on Campus Drive (the Main University Entrance).

Use the campus visitor map to find The Gemstone Program in Ellicott Hall and the nearby Stadium Drive garage with metered parking for visitors.