Gemstone Honors Program

News - Spring 2014

Dr. Coale named 2014 Soil Science of America Fellow

July 28, 2014

Dr. Frank Coale, Professor and Gemstone Director, was named one of the 2014 Soil Science of America Fellows. This prestigious award recognizing the contributions of Dr. Coale to advancing soil science is the highest recognition bestowed by the Soil Science of America.

On Campus for Honors Orientation?

June 9, 2014

Come visit us in Ellicott! Our staff is happy to show the Gemstone space and answer any questions you may have.

Congratulations to Dr. Liangbing Hu!

July 3, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Liangbing Hu, mentor to team NATURE (2017), on a successful collaboration with colleagues at Monash University in Australia. Read the full story here.

Summer Receptions

May 2014

The Gemstone Program invites incoming Gemstone students and their families to attend one of our three Summer Family Receptions (July 8th, July 21st and July 27th). The first two receptions will be held on campus in the Portico Room at McKeldin Library and the last will be held at the Green family residence. We look forward to meeting you as we share helpful information about the program prior to move-in this August. The Gemstone Staff and current Gemstone students will be in attendance to answer your questions and share in your excitement about becoming a part of the Gemstone family!

Click here for more information and to sign up for a Summer Family Reception.

Gems Camp

May 2014

Gems camp is an overnight orientation experience offered only to incoming Gemstone students. Gems camp is at the West River Center near Annapolis, MD. There are games, icebreakers, and other activities designed to introduce you to the Gemstone Program and UMD right from the start- and you'll return to campus with tons of new Gemstone friends! Over 80% of the incoming class typically attends Gems Camp- you won't want to miss out..

Don't miss this incredible experience!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

May 21, 2014

On Wednesday, May 21st we celebrated the graduating class of 2014! We know that you all will go on to do incredible things. Stay in touch as alumni!

View photos from Citation Ceremoy.

Congratulations to Gemstone seniors, Eric Kazyak (Team MEGA) and Sudi Jawahery (Team ELECTRODE)!

May 16, 2014

For More Information,visit: Twelve Clark School Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships

UMD Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships

May 5, 2014

Gemstone congratulations Dr. John Fisher, mentor to Teams EPIDEMICS (2015) and ELECTRODE (2014), and Dr. Bing Hu, mentor to Team NATURE (2017), on their recognition at the UMD Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships. More information can be found here.

Team BIKES Against Cancer: Making a Difference!

February 27, 2014

You can help by supporting our fundraiser at the college park Chipotle. Half of all profits go directly to supporting the 4K for Cancer ride. Purchase a burrito from 5 - 10 pm on Monday, March 3rd and display this flyer Click here or mentioning that you are there for the fundraiser to benefit 4K.

To learn more, visit Facebook Event page Click here

Free DC I-Corps Workshop for UMD teams

February 27, 2014

The DC regional Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is now accepting university research teams from the DC, MD, and VA area for the 5-week Lean LaunchPad, technology commercialization and customer development workshop beginning March 24th. UMD is the lead institution running the NSF-funded program, and as such, teams from UMD will be given priority in this program. Feel free to contact or (240) 319-9594 if you have any questions. Interested teams can learn more and apply here.

Becky Vanarsdall, Potomac Curling Club & NBC4

February 12, 2014

Check this out! Video clip