The Gemstone awards program was started more than ten years ago to reward students, mentors, teams, and librarians that have worked extremely hard throughout this four year process. Each winner receives a certificate and will have his or her name, or the team name, permanently engraved on a plaque that will live forever in the Gemstone space.
Gemstone Rookie of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding first year Gemstone student who has demonstrated enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and commitment to involvement in the Gemstone Program.
Sophomores & Juniors
Most Valuable Team Member Award
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills and has played a key role in clearly motivating his or her team over the past year.
|2013||Eric Kazyak and Natalie Anzures|
Mentor of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding Gemstone faculty mentor who has provided dedicated service to a Gemstone team.
|2013||Dr. Lance Yonkos and Dr. Matthew Roesch|
|2014||Dr. Tom Miller and Adam Behrens|
|2015||Dr. Susan Dwyer and Dr. Zhengguo Xiao|
|2016||Dr. Debu Biswas and Jon Hoffman|
Librarian of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding Librarian for his or her dedication to the Gemstone Program and team research.It is awarded to the librarian who has demonstrated exemplary support and guidance of his or her team. This honor is based on nominations from the students.
|2013||Jim Miller and Nevenka Zdravkovska|
|2015||Jeremy Garritano and Eileen Harrington|
|2016||Kelsey Corlett-Rivera and Elizabeth Soergel|
James M. Wallace Outstanding Gemstone Team Thesis Award
This award recognizes the team with the best submitted thesis based upon feedback from discussants, mentors, and the Gemstone staff. No nomination is required to be considered for this award.
|2002||Fish Sustainability and Innovative Tracking Systems|
|2003||Ecodynamics and Universal Playgrounds|
|2004||GEMS: Generating Eager Minded Students|
|2006||Phosphorus Agriculture Runoff Management|
|2009||Renewables at UMD|
Outstanding Gemstone Team Presentation Award
As a requirement of the Gemstone Program, teams are expected to write and defend a thesis. Teams are given 25 minutes at the Thesis Conference to communicate three years worth of research to an audience of experts, families, and friends. The honor of the Outstanding Presentation is awarded based on a team's clarity, creativity and overall presentation style. No nomination is required to be considered for this award.
Team of the Year Award
A new addition to the annual recognition of exceptional students, teams, mentors and librarians, this award recognizes a team that truly exemplifies the values of the program.
Outstanding Gemstone Scholar Award
This honor will be awarded to a student who has been intellectually engaged and highly involved on their Gemstone team. This award goes beyond the normal leadership behavior of organizing the group, motivating members and running meetings. Nominees for this award should be students that have taken the intellectual leadership role and have served as a driving force behind the topic and content of the research. We strive to give the award to a student who demonstrated passion for the team’s topic and was truly engaged in the subject matter.
|2002||Elizabeth Flynn and Philip Jones|
|2005||Gregory Crosswhite and Ashley Naimaster|
|2007||Emma Simson and Travis Young|
|2008||Neil Agarwal and Robert Vocke III|
|2009||David Chen and Gregory Hitz|
|2010||Stephanie Galanie and Ben Tousley|
|2011||Junjie Hao and Angela Lee|
Gemstone Citizen and Leader of the Year
This Program could not function without the involvement of so many students. This award goes to a graduating student who has demonstrated enthusiasm, constant involvement and leadership within the Gemstone Program. Those considered for this award are nominate by their peers and have been very involved in the Gemstone Program outside of his or her team by holding positions of leadership, planning events, or serving as a positive role model for the Program.
|2003||Sara McKelvey and Soroush Rais-Bahrami|
|2004||Emily Beckstrom and Andy Smith|
|2006||Ryan Hoffmaster and Justin Waltrous|
|2007||Nikhil Joshi and Greg Teitelbaum|
|2008||Anita Kohli and Teddy Tien|
|2009||Pratik Davè and Lindsey Mooney|
|2011||Akhila Iruku and Katherine Mann|
|2012||Jillian Chavis and Joshua Lacey|
|2014||Taylor Hearn and Jessica Lee|
|2016||Zeke Gonzalez and Ilana Green|
Gemstone Team Leader Award
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills and has played a key role in clearly motivating his or her team over the past three years.
|2004||Jamille Bigio and Phil de Souza|
|2005||Philip Brazio and Lauren Schlanger|
|2006||Sumair Akhtar and Margaret Distler|
|2007||Kristin Freese and Patrick Hughes|
|2009||Elizabeth Dillon and Lee Stearns|
|2010||Nick Asendorf and Kelsey Merrick|
|2011||Jasjeet Khural and Adam Pampori|
|2012||Timothy L. Crisci and Tina Zhang|
Outstanding Gemstone Mentor Award
This award recognizes an outstanding Gemstone faculty mentor who has provided dedicated service to and demonstrated exemplary support and guidance of his or her team. This honor is based on nominations from the students.
|2002||Dr. Greg Baecher|
|2003||Dr. Colleen Farmer|
|2004||Dr. Ray Adomaitis and Dr. Linda Schmidt|
|2005||Dr. Gilmer Blankenship|
|2006||Dr. Frank J. Coale, Dr. Francey Kohl, and Dr. Jim Purtilo|
|2007||Ms. Karen Thornton and Dr. James Milke|
|2008||Dr. David Tilley|
|2009||Dr. Lowell Adams and Dr. Rama Chellappa|
|2010||L. Curry Woods|
|2011||Dr. Kevin Sellner and Dr. Charlie Carr|
|2013||Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher|
|2014||Dr. Peter Mallios|
|2015||Dr. Andrew Ristvey|
|2016||Dr. Marcio Oliveira|
Gemstone Librarian of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding librarian for his or her dedication to the Gemstone Program and team research.It is awarded to the librarian who has demonstrated exemplary support and guidance of his or her senior team. This honor is based on nominations from the students.
Gems Camp Leader of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding Gems Camp Leader who has demonstrated enthusiasm for the program and eagerness to orient and interact with first-year students at camp.
Outstanding CONNECT Mentor
This award recognizes an outstanding CONNECT mentor who has demonstrated enthusiasm for the program and eagerness to orient and interact with first-year students and other mentors.
Outstanding Section Leader
This award recognizes an outstanding section leader (GEMS100, GEMS102, GEMS104, or GEMS202) who has demonstrated enthusiasm for the program and has gone above and beyond with their teaching responsibilities.
|2016||Annelise Buck and Elizabeth Corley|