Gemstone Honors Program

News - Fall 2017

Congratulations Natalya Gallo!

December 16, 2017

Our alumni are doing big things even after graduating from the University of Maryland and Gemstone! Our very own Natalya Gallo, a member of Team BREATHE (2011), was featured as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 for the science category. Congratulations Natalya and good luck with all future endeavors! Click here to learn more about her and the amazing work she is doing!

Junior Colloquia 2017

December 16, 2017

Our juniors, the Class of 2019, recently presented their research at the annual Junior Colloquia. We were very impressed with the work they have done and progress they have made on their respective projects! FedCentric, a proud sponsor of the event, attended the event and awarded an inaugural monetary prize. Congratulations to Teams SPACE, DIVA, and OYSTER! Also, congratulations on the entire Class of 2019 on yet another successful milestone in their Gemstone career!

Junior Colloquia 2017 Winners

Donate to the Cause!

November 6, 2017

Team MICRO is a junior team aiming to develop a progressive liver on a chip model to revolutionize current pharmaceutical testing methods. Please consider supporting us, any amount is greatly appreciated! Click here to view their campaign and donate to their research!

Gemstone Alumni and Mentor Partner Program

November 2, 2017

Calling all alumni and current students! The Gemstone Alumni and Mentor Partner Program is a mentoring program which pairs current students and recent graduates with Gemstone alumni. This experience is primarily virtual and takes place over the course of Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
For more information, click the PDF below and to participate and complete the following form at by November 14th by 11:59pm. Questions? Email!

Friends and Family Happy Hour!

November 2, 2017

Join us on Sunday, November 12th from 4-6pm at The Hotel for a Gemstone Friends and Family Happy Hour! Click here to RSVP!

Congratulations Rachel and Sarah!

October 9, 2017

This year's Gingrich recipients are Rachel Wills and Sarah Young, who are both on Team FEELS (2020)! Congratulations to these brilliant young ladies! Read more about them here:
Sarah is a sophomore bioengineering major from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the newly formed UMD chapter of Engineering World Health. She is a member of Team FEELS. She is also a research assistant in the Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing Lab run by Dr. Ryan Sochol.

Over this past summer, Rachel participated in a Research Scholar program at Lehigh Valley Heath Network where she conducted research and shadowed numerous physicians. In addition, she resumed volunteering at Peaceable Kingdom, an animal rescue shelter, for which she has been involved the past 6 years. While at the University of Maryland, she is an executive board member for the Biomedical Engineering Society and will soon begin volunteering at a local hospital. Post-graduation, Rachel plans to attend medical school and aspires to become an emergency medicine physician.

GFF Family Weekend Tailgate

September 25, 2017

Please join us for our GFF Family Weekend Tailgate on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Meet on the lawn outside the back of Ellicott Hall (Diner side) 2.5 hours before game time. RSVP here!

Gemstone Alumni Hard at Work

September 25, 2017

Curtis Bennett, a former member of Team Saving Testudo was featured for his environmental work in his local community. We are so proud of Curtis for all that he does! Read more about his outreach programs here.

Gemstone Students Doing Amazing Things

September 11, 2017

Jaishri Shankar (Gemstone Alumna, Class of 2013) was featured on national television on Friday through XQ America and talks about how her school (Washington Leadership Academy) uses the power of technology to transform education (start at 39 min mark to see the school's segment).

Also, two of our first year students, Morgan Robinson and Ryan Utz were featured in Terp magazine as "incoming incredibles!" Read more about it here.

Congratulations Team CLOT!

September 7, 2017

Congratulations Team CLOT (2015) on their publication in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research! Our alumni have been hard at work even after graduating from Gemstone and the University of Maryland 2 years ago to achieve this publication! Click here to read the amazing work they have done!

Fall 2017 Welcome Events Calendar!

August 10, 2017

See the calendar below for upcoming events this fall!

Fall 2017 Welcome CalendarClick image to enlarge

Congratulations Cara Schiksnis!

August 3rd, 2017

Cara Schiksnis of Team OYSTERS (2019) is one of four students to be awarded the 2017 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship entails an exciting summer with NOAA, gaining hands on training in science, research, technology, policy, management and education. Congratulations Care on this amazing opportunity! Click here to learn more about Cara and the other recipients!