Gemstone Honors Program

News - Fall 2018

Congratulations to Team MICRO!

November 29, 2018

Team MICRO (represented by Katherine Jones and Morgan Janes) had the opportunity to present at the MicroTAS Conference on November 11th to 15th in Taiwan. In addition to recieving the Young Scientist Travel Award, when they arrived at the conference they learned they recieved the honor of being Poster Award Finalists which is only awarded to the top 10% of teams. Congratulations Team MICRO!

Congratulations to Class of 2020 at Do Good Showcase!

November 20, 2018

Congratulations to all of our Gemstone juniors, who presented their research at our inaugural Do Good Showcase yesterday evening: Teams E-JUSTICE, ART, SWARM-AI, FEELS, PROCESS, CAPTURE, OPTIC, LYTIC, COR, VISOR, and TISSUE. We are so proud of you for reaching this milestone! Special thanks to our showcase judges and the Do Good Institute: Professor Frank Coale, Professor Bill Dorland, Kaitlin Gray, Ed Lin, Dr. Marcio Oliveira, and Bryan Quinn! Special congratulations to teams ART, CAPTURE, and TISSUE for recieving additional funding from the Do Good Institute based on their team presentation!

Gemstone Alumni Mentor & Partner Program !

September 27, 2018

We are excited to announce the second year of our Gemstone Alumni Mentor & Partner Program (AMPP). AMPP is an initiative which pairs current students and alumni based on interests and academic/career similarities. This mentoring experience is largely virtual as students will connect with their mentors via Skype, Google Hangout, etc, but in-person meetings are encouraged if possible. Students will be paired with an alumni mentor by mid-October. The formal mentoring relationship will begin in this Fall semester and continue through Spring 2019, culminating with an AMPP Networking Event in DC in mid-April.

If you are interested, please see the infographic for more information, including mentee expectations and required events. Please sign up here by October 12th at 5:00pm. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail Leah Tobin at

Congratulations to Dr. Jin-Oh Hahn and Dr. Steve Jay!

September 13, 2018

Dr. Jin-Oh Hahn mentor of senior Gemstone Team Pressure and former mentor Dr. Steve Jay have won National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Awards this year! The five-year awards are the NSF’s most prestigious in support of junior faculty members who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. You can read about the awardees and their projects here!


Join Us for Family Weekend Tailgate !

September 13, 2018

Parents and families of Gemstone Honors Program students are invited to attend a Family Weekend Tailgate hosted by Gemstone Friends & Family (GFF) and the Gemstone Honors Program. The tailgate will take place 2.5 hours prior to kick off. In event of inclement weather it will be held in the Gemstone Suite in Ellicott Hall. To RSVP click here!

A Very Special Congratulations to Dr. Kristan Skendall!

August 17, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kristan Skendall, who has been selected to recieve the Executive Director Advisor Award for serving as an outstanding advisor of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society chapter at the University of Maryland! Dr. Skendall's faithful advising of the ALD chapter demonstrates her dedication and professionalism to the society's students, as she has been able to make such a postive impact in her short time as chapter advisor. Dr. Skendall's accomplishments will be featured in an article in the upcoming Flame magazine. We are so very proud of our Gemstone associate director!

Congratulations to Madeline Beaudry!

August 14, 2018

Congratulations to Madeline Beaudry, who received a 2018 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship! Beaudry is pursuing dual degrees in biological sciences and geographical sciences. She is a member of the Gemstone Honors Program in the Honors College. Beaudry also conducts research in the laboratory of Lea Johnson, an assistant professor in the UMD Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. Learn more about Madeline and the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship here! Check it out on Facebook or Twitter!

Fall 2018 Welcome Events Calendar!

August 10, 2018

See the calendar below for upcoming events this fall!

Special Shout-out to Nikki Wolfrey!

July 23, 2018

Ms. Nikki Wolfrey, is one of the 32 students who received the first-ever Do Good Medallion for her extraordinary commitment to social impact and innovation and her effort to transform the University of Maryland into the nation's first Do Good Campus. She was selected from about 1,000 for her participation. Learn more about Nikki and the other Do Good Medallion Recipients here!

Attention Class of 2022: Register for Gems Camp Today!

July 17, 2018

Hey incoming freshmen, you definitely don't want to miss out on all the fun and excitement at this year's Gems Camp! Dare to imagine the impossible all while meeting fellow Gemstone students and making the first of many great college memories!

Check out our Gems Camp promo video and don't forget to register here for your ticket to an unforgettable start to your Gemstone journey!

Click here for more information about Gems Camp.

Gemstone Summer BBQ Cancelled!

July 2, 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Gemstone Honors Program BBQ on Sunday, July 22nd has been cancelled. All ticket payments will be refunded directly via Eventbrite. We anticipate that refunds will be issued in approximately 5-7 business days depending on your bank. If you any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at

If you are a first year student and wish to further connect with a current student prior to arriving on campus, we encourage you to contact CONNECT Co-Chairs, Carly Rosenfeld and Ryan Goldberg by emailing We also hope that you will register for Gems Camp. More information can be found here.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused!

Special Shout-out to Joanna Goger!

July 2, 2018

Ms. Joanna Goger, who is mentor to junior Gemstone Team E-JUSTICE, is featured in this month's issue of the Sustainable UMD newsletter! She has been a senior lecturer for the Environmental Science and Policy program for almost a decade and is also co-director of the Sustainability Minor. Joanna was lead facilitator at the Sustainabiity Fellows workshop and has helped UMD's Sustainability Minor blossom. Learn more about Joanna in the newest "Sustainability Seven" feature!

Congratulations to Team CLOT!

June 27, 2018

Congratulations to the members of class of 2015's Team CLOT on publishing their research in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research! Check out the team's amazing research by clicking here.

Attention Incoming Freshmen!

June 5, 2018

Register for Gems Camp 2018 by clicking the image below! Gems Camp is a two-night, off-campus orientation program where you can meet other Gemstone freshmen like yourself. It will take place from Tuesday, August 21st to Thursday, August 23rd.

Gemstone loves social media! Follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, check out on Instagram, and visit our student blog, The Stone! Additionally, join the official Gemstone Class of 2022 Facebook group HERE. Please note that you will have to request to join, but a program administrator or current Gemstone student will approve you.

Visit the admitted students page to get more information and stay updated on upcoming events for incoming freshmen!

Congratulations to 2018 Gemstone Award Recipients!

June 5, 2018

Congratulations to our students, graduating seniors, mentors and librarians on their outstanding work throughout this past year! While there were many people who deserved each of these awards, we could only choose a few. Check out this year's recipients by clicking here.