Gemstone Honors Program

News - Fall 2014

Karishma Patel Featured as Standout Student by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

December 3, 2014

In their Standout Student feature, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources highlighted Karishma Patel and her Gemstone team's research (Team ATTENT). Read more.

Java Jolt: Finals De-Stress and Last Minute Study Tips and Tricks

December 3, 2014

Join us for the last Java Jolt of the semester on Monday, December 8 from 3-5pm. Come de-stress before finals and learn about some last minute study tips. Enjoy some "finals survival" snacks in addition to coffee and tea to help you get through the end of the semester!

Dr. Hu Named Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer

November 20, 2014

Team NATURE’s mentor, Dr. Liangbing Hu, was named Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer by the Maryland Science Center. Sponsored by the Maryland Academy of Sciences, the award honors his work with Dr. Leite, also honored, ┬ádeveloping technology for solar energy, batteries and electronics. Read more.

Introducing Gemstone Java JOLT Series

Octorber 29, 2014

Every Monday from 3:00pm-5:30pm during Gemstone Java, there will be a new JOLT topic. JOLT topics are intended to support students in different areas, ranging from academics to opportunities outside of the classroom.

Nov. 3rd: Registration Tips & Tricks, Four Year Plans, and MORE!
Learn about the registration process, general education requirements, and get advice from upperclass students about which classes to take in the Spring.
Nov. 10th: How to find an Internship & Have your Resume Critiqued!
Looking for an internship for the semester or summer? Learn about the Career Center's resources, how to navigate Careers4Terps, and have your resume critiqued.
Nov. 17th: Gemstone students and Studying Abroad- How does it work?
Interested in studying abroad? Talk to upperclassmen who have studied abroad and learn about different study abroad programs.
Nov. 24th: What are YOU thankful for this year?
Come make Thanksgiving related crafts (provided by GSC) before heading home for break!.

Professor Miao Yu's research could expand sonar, medical imaging

October, 16, 2014

Team BLAST's mentor, Professor Miao Yu, is directing research to develop breakthrough technology to improve sound sensors through the use of artificially engineered materials, or metamaterials. Read more.

Junior Colloquia 2014

This year's Junior Colloqia will take place on Wednesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 20 from 6:30-9:00pm in Biosciences Research Building, Room 1101. For more information and the full schedule, see the Junior Colloqiua page.  

Support Team Haptic through LaunchUMD

October 14, 2014

Gemstone Team Haptic is so close to reaching their goal! Learn more about their project and consider contributing! Project ends on October 22, at 11:59 PM EDT.

Apply to be a GEMS 102 or 104 SL

September 22, 2014

The application to be a GEMS 102 or GEMS104 SL is now live: Applications are due on Monday, October 6th by 11:59pm ET.

Interested in Getting Involved with Gemstone? Apply to GSC!

September 9, 2014

There are several available positions on the Gemstone Student Council for the 2014 Fall semester. For full descriptions of each committee, visit the GSC page. You may apply for more than one position, and you will be able to preference specific chair positions at the end of the application. You do not need any experience on GSC to apply.

Applications can be found at, and are due by September 17th at 5 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Zeke, GSC President, at

Gemstone Freshman Welcome

August 27, 2014

Freshman Welcome is Tuesday, September 2nd (first day of classes) from 6:30-7:30pm in the Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union.
**This event is mandatory for ALL first year Gemstone students unless you have class**

Freshman Welcome Flyer 2014Click here to enlarge

Congratulations to Nathalia Henriquez, 2014 recipient of the Gingrich Firebaugh Scholarship!

August 27, 2014

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nathalia spent six years attending summer pre-college programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It was there where she found an interest in engineering after being exposed to various stem fields. As a Civil Engineering major and International Engineering minor, Nathalia hopes to graduate and earn her Masters in Business Administration. She sees herself traveling to many different countries to gain exposure to different cultures and ideas. Her overall goal is to be a leader and own/run a company of her own.


Welcome Class of 2018!

August 26, 2014

Get excited for all of the fun activities we have planned to welcome you to campus and to Gemstone!

Gemstone Welcome Events CalendarClick image to enlarge