Gemstone Honors Program

News - Spring 2017

Congratulations Natalya Gallo!

July 31st, 2017

Natalyo Gallo is a Gemstone alumni, who was a member of Team BREATHE and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011. She is currently a PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. She has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship for her passion and commitment to improving environmental conditions. Congratulations Natalya and good luck!

Click here to learn more about Natalya and the fellowship.

Funding Opportunity for Gemstone Teams

July 31st, 2017

The Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD. The priority deadline for applications is October 15 and the final deadline is January 15. Apply now!

Attention Class of 2021!

July 25th, 2017

Check out all the fun and adventure awaiting your arrival at Gems Camp in this promo video! Registration is open and due by August 1st, 2017! Register now, you won't want to miss out on the excitement!

Click here for more information about Gems Camp

Gemstone Students in Scotland

June 28th, 2017

Dr. Coale was joined by Christina Hnatov, Team SPACE (2019), Sarah Frail, Team PHAGE (2018), Thea Ornstein, Team OMEGA (2019) and Anna Lin, Team VIRUS (2018) at the U21 URC Conference at the University of Edinburgh. Click here to learn more about the conference and the research our brilliant students are conducting!

Summer BBQ Fun!

June 20th, 2017

Miss your Gemstone friends? Want me to meet the Gemstone Class of 2021? Come out to the Gemstone Summer BBQ on Sunday, July 16, 2017! This is a fun and relaxing way to connect with Gemstone students, alumni, friends and family. RSVP now by clicking here before ticket prices go up on July 1st!

Summer BBQ 2017

Citation Ceremony Photos

June 6th, 2017

Congratulations once again to our graduating seniors on their Gemstone citation!

Citation Ceremony 2017
Click the image to see more photographs from the ceremony.

Gemstone Class of 2021- Updated Admitted Students Page!

June 2nd, 2017

We are so excited to welcome you to our Gemstone family. Check out our newly updated Admitted Students page on From our Summer BBQ to Gems Camp registration information, take a look at some our important announcements! Questions? Email

Congratulations Gemstone Class of 2017!

May 30th, 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 on graduating from the University of Maryland and officially becoming Gemstone alumni! We want to wish our newest alumni the best of luck as they venture out to new adventures and endeavors. Stay tuned for photos from Citation Ceremony!

Only One Day Left!

May 10th, 2017

Team BioCHIPS, a junior team, and Team MELTS, a sophomore team have only one day left in their launch campaigns. These teams have worked hard all month to raise money for great causes. Learn more about them and chip in!

Team BioCHIPS Launch Campaign
Team BioCHIPS' Launch Page

Team MELTS Launch Campaign
Team MELTS' Launch Campaign

Another Successful Thesis Conference

April 26th, 2017

Congratulations to our seniors on presenting and defending their theses! We are very proud of how hard they have worked and everything they have accomplished. We hope everyone had just as much fun as we did. If you missed out, click below to see pictures from the conference!

Thesis Conference 2017
More images from Thesis Conference

UMD Libraries Donald and Katherine Buxton Award Recipients

April 24th, 2017

Congratulations to the following sophomore teams on receiving the UMD Library Award:

Team DIVA- 1st place
Team MICRO- 2nd place
Team MELTS- 2nd place

Library Award Winners
Click here to view more images of the reception

2017 Winston Family Best Paper Award Recipients

April 19th, 2017

Jillian Kunze and Adam Berger won the 2017 Winston Family Best Paper Awards. Jillian’s essay, “Solar Cells in Outer Space,” was selected for the Best Essay category, and Adam’s thesis, “Surface Enhance Raman Spectroscopy Sensors for Detection of Drugs and Small Molecules: Towards Real-World Applications,” was selected for the Best Thesis category. We are very proud to congratulate our young scholars!

Team TESLA Wins Invention of the Year!

April 17th, 2017

Alumni students from Team TESLA (2016) discovered a unique way to power devices from meters away, rather than just centimeters. There contribution was recognized at the Innovate Maryland Reception. Congratulations Team TESLA!
To read more, click here.

Congratulations Team BioCHIPS!

March 13th, 2017

This past weekend Team BioCHIPS represented the Gemstone Program at Johns Hopkins University for a Biomedical Engineering Conference, where they won the award for Best Poster! Congratulations Team BioCHIPS!

Help Support the Gemstone Honors Program through #GivingDayUMD

March 8th, 2017

Giving Day is a one‐day, 24‐hour fundraising event for all members of the University of Maryland Community. Students, faculty, staff, parents, friends and alumni are all encouraged to participate!
To donate to the Gemstone Program, click HERE and select "Office of Undergraduate Studies" as the unit, "Other" as the fund, and write in "Gemstone Honors Program" in the text box below.
For more information regarding giving day, please visit

Several Gemstone students participate in UMD Hyperlooop Space Competition!

February 9th, 2017

About 60 University of Maryland students are helping pave the way for high-speed travel and many of them are Gemstone students! UMDLoop brought its pod to SpaceX's first competition weekend in California from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, where 27 teams participated. Read more about UMDLoop and its contribution so SpaceX here!

Dr. Anlage & Team TESLA Named Finalist for Invention of the Year Award!

February 9th, 2017

Congratulations to team TESLA and their mentor, Dr. Anlage, for being named a finalist for Invention of the Year Award! The team has found they can transmit power, such as by charging a cellphone, without knowing an object's location or disturbing its surroundings. Read more about the nomination here!

Congratulations to Gemstone senior Elfadil Osman for receiving the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship!

February 9th, 2017

Senior physiology and neurobiology major Elfadil Osman, on our very own Team MORALS, has been named a 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which allows students outside of the United Kingdom to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge, is considered one of the most prestigious academic awards available to college graduates. Elfadil plans to use the scholarship toward a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Read more about Elfadil and his accomplishments here!

Congratulations Class of 2021!

January 30, 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their college acceptances! Make sure to check out our Admitted Students page for important dates and updates! We hope to meet you soon!