Gemstone Honors Program

News - Fall 2013

Congratulations to Melissa Walsh as the 2013 Gingrich Scholarship Recipient!

December 12, 2013

Melissa has been a part of Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), a program dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and friendship, for 9 years. She traveled to Japan and Sweden with the program and hopes to lead a delegation of her own next summer. Melissa also works in the MacLeod research lab on campus studying auditory physiology modeled by the avian auditory brainstem, an experience which she hopes will aid in her pursuit of going to medical school and becoming a surgeon.

Winston Liu Awarded the Whitaker International Scholarship!

November 15, 2013

The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides funding of up to $7,500 to increase the number of undergraduates in biomedical engineering (BME) who go abroad; to provide the opportunity for students to see BME from an international perspective early in their educations, and to develop students to become future leaders in BME. Winston is Maryland's first Whitaker International Scholarship recipient.

Happy Birthday!

October 23, 2013

The app, a URL shortener created by Engineering IT, is two years old as of this past Friday (10/17/13). It has become very popular and is used campus-wide with growing numbers.

2975 links in the first year.
4950 links in the second year (partially more popular, also more duplicate links since we lifted a restriction—one link per URL)

  • 740 link creators.
  • 750K+ hits all-time!
  • In the last 30 days, 719 links created, close to 25/day.

Thanks to everyone for feedback and for making this application a success.

To use the application, go to

President's Fall 2013 Video Message

October 22, 2013

From Dr. Wallace Loh:

"Dear University of Maryland Community:

The fall semester is always an exciting time at the University of Maryland!

As we enter into the 2013-14 academic year, my focus is on building a university that is truly excellent in everything we do -- academics, arts, athletics, and improving our surrounding community.  And underlying all of these aspects is our spirit of innovation, our fearless spirit.

In this short video, you can see for yourself just some of the exciting developments all across campus.

Please join us for a very special Homecoming this weekend.  This year, we have added a Friday night carnival on McKeldin Mall, complete with a step show and fireworks.  We hope that all of you can come back to share in the remarkable spirit here at the University of Maryland.  I welcome your comments at

Go Terps!


Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

Mpact Week to Showcase UMD Robotics, Bioengineering, Innovation, Oct. 23-26

September 23, 2013

The University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering will host Mpact Week, a four-day event showcasing the Clark School's research, education, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem, October 23-26, 2013 on its College Park campus. Guests will learn about the Clark School's special emphasis on engineering innovations designed to achieve broad social impact, with the potential to improve millions of lives.

The schedule of Mpact Week events is as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 23
    Maryland Innovation Mpact: Bringing Fearless Ideas to Market
    Learn how the University of Maryland is transforming technology transfer and venture creation on campus, in the region, and for the nation as a whole. Hear directly from successful start-ups who have benefited from our programs and network with regional investors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Come see more than 20 startups created at UMD and UMB, including new student ventures and companies launched from university inventions. Learn about the Lean Startup Model, and how the university is employing this methodology to build the next generation of successful startups in Maryland. Hear from Henry "Pete" Linsert, former Chairman of Martek Biosciences, acquired by Royal DSM in 2010 for $1.1 billion, and learn how Martek leveraged the resources of the University of Maryland and the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) entrepreneurship ecosystem to succeed. Network with regional investors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
    Riggs Alumni Center, Orem Hall 2:00-6:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 24
    Fischell Festival: A Celebration of Bioengineering's Potential to Improve Millions of Lives
    Learn how bioengineers are joining forces with colleagues in the medical field to design the next generation of biomedical devices and advanced treatments that will shape the future of human healthcare. Now in its seventh year, the Fischell Festival demonstrates how University of Maryland bioengineering faculty and students are joining forces with colleagues in the medical field to design the next generation of biomedical devices, drugs and vaccines, and advanced treatments of injuries and disease.
    Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building 1:00-4:30 PM
  • Friday, October 25
    Maryland Robotics Day
    Learn about the Maryland Robotics Center and its innovative robotics research programs, and see our robots in action. This free event is designed to acquaint you with the University of Maryland's many robotics research projects, faculty, students and facilities. We will introduce you to the Maryland Robotics Center and give you the opportunity to tour our labs, visit with faculty and students, and see our research in action. There is a morning track for student guests and an afternoon track for industry and government professionals. Each track has activities appropriate to its specific audience.
    Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building and other engineering facilities
    9:30 AM-12:00 PM: Showcase for K–12 Students;
    1:00-4:00 PM: Showcase for Industry and Government
  • Saturday, October 26
    Gamera Team Celebration
    Mpact Week will conclude on Saturday, October 26, with a celebration of the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team's world record-breaking accomplishments.

Learn more and register for Mpact Week.

Sustainability Fund grants

Sophomores and Juniors Teams: Applications are now being accepted for Sustainability Fund grants for this academic year. The goal of the Fund is to provide grants for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD Applictions are Due by Nov. 1. More.