Gemstone Honors Program

News - Spring 2011

Congratulations to Dylan Rebois, Awarded the EPA Marshall Scholarship!

March 2, 2011

Dylan Rebois, has just been informed that he has been selected for an additional Marshall-related award ? the Environmental Protection Agency / Marshall Scholarship ? which provides for an additional THREE years of funding toward a Ph.D. in the UK or the US, following his two year Marshall award for study in the UK. Only one EPA/Marshall Scholar is selected annually from among all Marshall Scholars working on environmentally-related research. He now has a total of 5 years of funded studies, during which he will earn three degrees.

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Become A GEMS 202 Section Leader !

March 2, 2011

GEMS 202 begins with with Team Gemstone, where section leaders begin their role as peer mentors to new teams as they participate in a day long professionally facilitated team development course.

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Graduate Assistant for Team Development position

February 24, 2011

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2011 Gems Camp Leader Application is Now Available!

February 11, 2011

Are you interested in helping incoming Gemstone Students learn more about Gemstone? Do you enjoy having fun and getting to know new people? Have you worked as a camp counselor before? If so, being a Gems Camp Leader may be the perfect leadership role for you. Check out the job description to learn more and to access the application.

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Applications must be submitted by February 24th. If you have any questions please contact Nicole Horvath at

A Marshall Scholarship for 2011 Awarded to Dylan Rebois

January 24, 2011

The Marshall Scholarship provides two years of full support for study in the UK, including University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United States. Dylan currently plans to complete two one-year degree programs in engineering and sustainability studies at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.

Dylan is a member of the University Honors College as well as the Gemstone program. Dylan has distinguished himself in many campus leadership roles in environmental and sustainability issues, and is currently President of Maryland?s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. This past summer he undertook research on alternative energy development in Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates in the summer of 2010 and subsequently served as a research assistant with the Brookings Institution?s Energy Security Initiative.

Churchill Scholar, 2011-12 - Ethan Schaler

January 20, 2011

Ethan Schaler, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and a member of GEMSTONE Team: Cogeneration Technology and the Honors College, has just been awarded one of only fourteen 2011-12 Churchill Scholarships to the University of Cambridge, UK. Ethan will complete a one-year MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise before continuing doctoral studies in the United States. The Churchill Scholarship covers tuition and all fees at the University of Cambridge, as well as a living and travel allowance from $16,500-$20,000. Ethan has previously won the Goldwater Scholarship and a Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan.

Ethan plans to pursue engineering studies through graduate school and focus his research on developing mobile and networked micro-robots. He is extremely active in the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and is currently Project Manager for 5 projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Peru and the US, while developing a new project in Thailand. Ethan is also proficient in Japanese, and has studied abroad and conducted research in Japan on several occasions while at Maryland. A 4.0 student with numerous publication and presentation credits, Ethan has worked for several years in Prof. Sarah Bergbreiter?s lab. Prof. Santiago Solares also served as a Maryland recommender for Ethan's Churchill Scholarship application.

The Churchill Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and academically competitive opportunities of its kind, and is the only major scholarship to the UK devoted exclusively to outstanding students in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Annually only fourteen Churchill Scholars are selected from one hundred three American colleges and universities. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic achievement, and exceptional personal qualities. Since 1963 there have been 452 Churchill Scholars in the Biological and Physics Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics. They include scholars, researchers, and teachers in major universities and laboratories, as well as leading figures in finance and industry.

CP^2 Participated in the American Society of Criminology Conference

January 20, 2011

From November 17-19, 2010, Team CP^2 participated in he annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, held in San Francisco, CA. Representing the team were seniors Lucian Debenedetti, Aleksandra (Sasha) Derkacheva, and Valentina Lopez, as well as the team's mentor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Charles Wellford. The team members presented a poster of their research, and were notably among the few undergraduates at the entire conference. The research was well-received, and the team fielded comments and suggestions from various academics, practitioners, and law enforcement officials with experience working with crime in college communities. Team members also benefitted from other sessions to observe best practices, research methodologies, and current topics of importance in the field. The conference served as an important learning experience and opportunity for the team to present its research before the Gemstone Thesis Conference in April 2011.