Gemstone Honors Program

News - Spring 2013

UMD Joins Leading Research University Global Network

June 21, 2013

Gemstone students Kevin Li (Team MEGA, '14) and Jason Burtnick (Team AWE, '15) along with Dr. Kristan Skendall, Gemstone Associate Director, will be part of the University of Maryland's inaugural delegation to the Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference.

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Gemstone Trivia was a success at Maryland Day!

May 30, 2013

More Details The game featured a turtle shaped pool with floating Gemstone light bulbs, each marked with a color that corresponded to a trivia question. Trivia categories included questions about Gemstone, Famous UMD Alumni, and Miscellaneous UMD Trivia. Questions ranged in difficulty, with correct answers to the most difficult questions rewarded with a large candy bar or a Gemstone stress ball. In addition to the trivia game, current Gemstone students spoke with visitors about their research teams and experiences at UMD in Gemstone and the Honors College. Overall, Maryland Day was a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about the Gemstone Program.

Congratulations to Gemstone Director and Mentors!

May 8, 2013

Honored mentors: William Fagan, John Fisher, Peter Mallios, Jeremy Munday, Silva Muro, Michael Zachariah and Aravind Srinivasan.

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year 2013 - Congrats to Hai Le!

April 24, 2013

Gemstone student Hai Le (Team MAGIC) has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2013. The presentation of the award will be made this coming Wednesday, May 1 at 1:15pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Union, during the opening ceremonies for Undergraduate Research Day (URD).

Undergrads, win $1,000 for your research paper. Deadline extended to March 15

March 5, 2013

For a third year in a row, the University of Maryland Libraries are offering up to three awards of $1,000 each to undergraduate students who demonstrate sophisticated research by robust use of library resources and services for a paper or project completed in the calendar year 2012.

We know you're busy, so we're even giving you some extra time. (When does that ever happen?) Deadline for submission of applications has been extended to March 15, 2013.

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Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps in Nicaragua on May 19-July 12, 2013

February 21, 2013

Maryland students will partner with students from Georgetown and Duke in summer 2013 as part of this well-established program initiated and run by Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow, Social Entrepreneur, former Peace Corp volunteer, and former investment banker. Greg Van Kirk will be in-residence at the Honors College in April 2013 teaching a mini-course for summer participants. More details

Congratulations to the incoming Class of 2017!

February 4, 2013

Welcome to the Honors College at the University of Maryland! Gemstone is a four-year living-learning program for students with an interest in interdisciplinary research. Current Gemstone Teams Click here.

are engaged in research ranging in topics from solar energy to food insecurity. The current issue of the Stone The BlogSpot has more information on the Gemstone program from the student perspective. To learn more or if you have questions about the Gemstone Honors Program, e-mail or call 301.458.0784.