Gemstone Honors Program

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 students and their excellent research make up the core of the Gemstone Honors Program. Visit our Team Research page to learn about current and past teams' reasearch.

This unique opportunity is is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students. 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. Visit our Student Engagement page to see the ways in which our students are engaged with the Gemstone community, and the leadership roles that they take on.

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 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. The Gemstone Honors Program is committed to being more than simply not racist, we believe that we must be anti-racist, and it is up to all of us to uphold this ideal. We recognize and acknowledge that this is lifelong work. We are committed to working together as a community to help create a better, more just world.



We are committed to providing our Gemstone students a challenging and rewarding experience based on the following goals:

  • Develop students' research skills in the context of multidisciplinary team research projects of importance to society
  • Develop students' ability to work effectively in teams
  • Provide students' leadership opportunities through peer mentoring, teaching and service throughout their four years in Gemstone
  • Provide students' with a close-knit community that supports them in their Gemstone and other commitments and activities at the University of Maryland