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Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar

Congratulations to Gemstone senior Zachary Breit from team PASS on this honor! Read about Zachary's award and the role mentorship played in his life.

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Do Good Showcase

Bravo to Class of 2023 Teams for outstanding presentations at this year's Do Good Showcase!  Congratulations to Teams BCIPRO, EVICT, NANO & PISO for winning monetary prizes to supplement their team's research!

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Team ORBIT: Research Participants Needed

Team ORBIT, a 3rd year Gemstone research team, is looking for students with experience with or an interest in robotics to participate in their study.  Under the mentorship of Dr. David Akin of the Space Systems Laboratory, the team is performing experiments to determine a control scheme for a single-person spacecraft that would be optimal. Participants will be asked to perform a Fitts’s tapping test which involves using your hand or controlling a robot to touch designated buttons on a board when they are lit up. Your participation in the research should take no more than one hour, and you will receive $10 in Terrapin Express funds upon completion. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Team ORBIT at

Upcoming events     

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December 10th, 7-9 p.m. in STAMP.  Tickets are $5. 

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April 8, 2022

Kayla and Friend

May 18, 2022

Citation Ceremony (Details TBA)

Alumni Spotlight


Kyeshia Laurence '21

Kyeshia Laurence '21 has increased diversity in NIH study participants, hosted a college-prep workshop in St. Maarten, and started a college mentoring program for college students

Read SNMA article
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Chris Grant '13

Chris Grant '13 has been named to a prestigious list of young entrepreneurs

Read Forbes article

Gemstone in the News

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Why give?

Donor Spotlight: Ken Schwartz

Read Ken's story
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Five Gemstone students named top UMD Seniors

Read about seniors
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