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 People

The Gemstone Program is made up from a variety of people throughout the university community.

Our Program

In the Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland, students of all majors come together in teams to design, direct and conduct significant research under guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff.

Our Green Office

The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint, and the Gemstone office has reached gold certification!

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.