Welcome to the Gemstone Honors Program, Class of 2024!
We are so excited to meet you! Here is some important information that you might find helpful:
Have Questions about Gemstone or the University of Maryland?
We want to make sure all of your questions are answered. For the general University’s statement issued by President Pines on August 10th, please click here. To see all of the University of Maryland's updates regarding campus communications, please click here. For general Gemstone FAQ about our program, please click here. Here are some different ways to connect with us:
Gemstone First-Year Welcome Packet
Monday, August 10th, 2020:
Welcome to Gemstone, Class of 2024! Check out our Gemstone Class of 2024 Welcome Packet, which contains lots of valuable information and resources to help guide you through your first-year and beyond as a Gemstone Terp. Be sure to keep this packet in a safe place, as it contains materials you will need for your Gems100 class as well as interactions with your CONNECT mentor! This packet will also be mailed to all of our first-year students' permanent home mailing addresses this week.
Update on Gems Camp 2020:
Monday, June 29, 2020:
In light of the University’s recent announcement regarding the fall semester and considering the health and safety of all of our students and staff, we have made the difficult decision to not hold Gems Camp in its traditional format in August off campus. Gemstone has made the difficult decision to not host our traditional Gems Camp at West River this upcoming August.
We understand and value the importance of the transition period for our first-year students. Gemstone staff are actively working with our student leaders to continue to plan ways to engage and transition our first-year students to campus, the University, and Gemstone. Stay tuned for more information coming soon! In the meantime, all of our first-year students were assigned a "Summer Connection," who is one of our current Gemstone students, to serve as a virtual point of connection throughout the summer. Students should have received an email sometime during the Week of June 15th -- we encourage all first-year students to ask their summer connection questions. They are fantastic resources! Check out the “Engage with Gemstone” section below on this page for more ways to connect with other first-year and current students, as well as Gemstone staff.
Sign up for Summer Orientation!
All University of Maryland students must sign up for an orientation program over the summer. If possible, we suggest registering for an Honors orientation (see dates below), but it is NOT required to do so.
Monday-Tuesday, June 15th-16th
Thursday-Friday, June 25th-26th
Wednesday-Thursday, July 15th-16th
To learn more information and to register for Summer Orientation, visit the orientation website at orientation.umd.edu. REMINDER: Summer orientation is different from Gems Camp! For more information regarding Gems Camp, visit the Gems Camp page on our website.
Register for GEMS100 (Required)
When you are registering for Fall courses during orientation, be sure to add GEMS100. Some first-year students experience challenges registering for GEMS100 due to credit limits. For example, if you have more than 30 credits, you may not be able to register and will need special permission in order to enroll. If this is the case, please complete this form: https://ter.ps/gemsbpo.
If you are encountering an issue registering for GEMS100 because of a scheduling issue or if you have met your college’s credit limit, please email us at email@example.com and we will assist you with next steps!
Engage with Gemstone!
Gemstone Summer Connections: Connect with a Gemstone Student Leader
All Gemstone first year students will receive an email from their Gemstone Summer Connection, one of our upper class CONNECT mentors or Gems 100 Teaching Assistants during the week of June 15th. These students are truly outstanding resources for you over the next couple of months. Feel free to ask them anything -- about their major, their Gemstone team research, involvement on campus, and more. You’ll be formally assigned a CONNECT mentor once the semester begins, but feel free to engage with your summer Gemstone CONNECTion in any way that feels comfortable to you. If you have any questions regarding your Gemstone Summer CONNECTION, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Virtual Office Hours: Chat with Gemstone Staff
As you are thinking about life as a Gemstone Terp, we wanted to offer the opportunity to chat with a Gemstone staff member in real-time via Zoom. To sign up for a short video conference with a member of our Student Engagement staff team, please sign up below!
- Leah Tobin, Assistant Director for Student Engagement | go.umd.edu/gemstobin
- Jessica Lee, Coordinator for Student Engagement | go.umd.edu/gemslee
Follow us on Social Media & Join the Gemstone Class of 2024 FB Group
The Gemstone Honors Program loves social media! Follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and check out our Instagram. Additionally, join the official Gemstone Class of 2024 Facebook Group for admitted students! Students will have to request access to join, but the group administrator will approve your request.
We encourage you to also follow the Gemstone Leadership Council on Instagram to stay up to date on all student-led initiatives and events!
Planning to live on campus for Fall 2020?
The Gemstone Honors Program works closely with the Department of Resident Life to coordinate a smooth move-in process for all of our incoming students. Gemstone does not have a mandatory housing requirement, but many students do live on campus. More information about housing can be found here.
Housing Plans & Update for Fall 2020
Housing Plans for Fall 2020-- Resident Life has made changes to occupancy and inventory in order to establish quarantine and isolation locations and to promote physical distancing. This has impacted several groups of students. Information was sent out June 17, 2020 and is available at www.reslife.umd.edu/fall2020.
Cancelling On-Campus and Dining
Any student who wishes to cancel their 2020-2021 On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement should email email@example.com no later than Friday, July 17, 2020 to avoid the need to petition for a release as well as facing any late cancellation fees. This date also provides the opportunity to maintain housing priority for 2021-2022. Any cancellations after this date will be managed on a case-by-case basis.
We realize that roommate requests are important and that students are looking for opportunities to locate and request roommates for Fall 2020. More information will be available regarding roommate requests on the Resident Life website here.