Gemstone Honors Program


The Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Now in its seventeenth year, the Gemstone Honors Program continues to challenge and support students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Learn more about Gemstone.

News and Announcements

UMD Researchers' New Nanoscale Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Solar Industry

September 10, 2015

Assistant Professor Jeremy Munday, mentor to team QUANTUM SEA, and, graduate students, Yunlu Xu and Tao Gong have designed a new type of nanoscale solar cell that they predict could outperform traditional devices by as much as 40%. This new technology could revolutionize the solar industry by allowing for significantly more power generation from a single device by simply making it much smaller.
To learn more, click here.

Congratulations to Laurel Gordon, the 2015 Gingrich-Firebaugh Scholarship Recipient!

August 31, 2015

For the past two years, Laurel has been actively involved in SEAS (Science Enrichment After School) and the Innoworks Program at the University of Maryland, through which she dedicates her time to providing science education to elementary and middle school students in the area. Laurel also serves as a hotline volunteer for the D.C. Rape Crisis Center in Washington and as a research assistant in the Child Development Lab on campus. She hopes to pursue further studies in medical school in hopes of becoming a genetics professional.

Fall 2015 Welcome Events Calendar!

August 24, 2015

See the calendar below for upcoming events!

Fall Welcome CalendarClick image to enlarge

Sustainabiltiy Fund Application 2015-2016

August 11, 2015

We are excited to inform you that the University Sustainability Fund has approximately $470,000 available this year for funding projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD. The priority deadline for applications is Thursday, October 15 with a final deadline of Friday, January 15. Apply now.
To learn more click here

Robel Tesfay and Public Health Without Borders!

August 10, 2015

Six undergraduate students from Public Health Without Borders (PHWB) traveled to Ethiopia from June 4 to June 27. Among this group of students was our very own Robel Tesfay, a rising junior double majoring in general biology and public health science and a member of Team STRIDE! The goal of this trip was to develop a curriculum designed to improve nutrition and health in a rural community located north of Addis Ababa. While there they successfully piloted a nutrition education program at a local primary school, conudcted nutrition evaluations on students and teachers, and collaborated with faculty and administrators. To learn more about their project and goals, click here

Apply for the E-Team Grant Program! $25K Grant Opportunity!

July 27, 2015

Hey Gemstone teams! If you're part of a university-based, student-led team developing an innovative technology that solves an important problem and want to move it into the market, consider applying to our E-Team Grant Program today. The E-Team Program provides early-stage funding, training, coaching, and investment.
The application opens in mid-August, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Click here for more information.

Welcome Class of 2019! Register for Gems Camp 2015!

June 29, 2015

Hey Gemstone Class of 2019- Have you registered for Gems Camp 2015 yet? Gems Camp is our two-night, off-campus orientation program for all incoming students, where you have the opportunity to meet other Gemstone students, learn more about Gemstone, and move into Ellicott Hall early! Gems Camp 2015 will be from Tuesday, August 25th-Thursday, August 27th. For more information click here.
**To register for Gems Camp, please visit The registration deadline is August 3, 2015.**
Questions? Email!

Freshman Welcome Flyer 2015Click image to enlarge

Gemstone Students Travel to New Zealand to Present their Research!

June 23, 2015

Gemstone students, Julia Wainger (Team BASIC, 2016)and Pradip Ramamurti (Team MTB, 2017) will travel to the University of Auckland in New Zealand to attend the 2015 Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference: Peoples and Places on July 6-10.
Wainger and Ramamurti will be joined by Dr. Zhengguo Xiao, mentor of Team BASIC and Associate Professor of Animal and Avian Sciences in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
The conference, organized by a different university and on a different topic each year, fosters early international networking and showcases innovative student research. The three delegates’ participation in this event is funded through the Office of International Affairs
For more information, click here.

Congratulations to Alice Kunin!

June 16, 2015

Congratulations to Alice Kunin (Team RITALIN, '14) on receipt of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship to study at the University of California, Berkeley!
For more information, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Bao Yang, mentor to team PIEZO!

May 28, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Bao Yang, co-principal investigator of an over $5 million grant to improve power plan cooling awarded by the U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) For more information, visit .

Gemstone Class of 2019 Family Receptions

May 20, 2015

To kick off the Summer, we invite you and your family to attend one of our Summer Family Receptions. At the receptions, you will be able to meet the Gemstone staff and some current Gemstone students to answer your questions and share your excitement about becoming a part of the Gemstone family. We will be sharing helpful information about the program prior to move-in this August. To RSVP for one of our summer receptions, please visit:

Gemstone is Now a Gold Level Green Certified Office!

April 8, 2015

Gemstone is thrilled to announce that we are now a Gold level Green certified office! Learn more about our sustainability efforts.

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