Gemstone Honors Program
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The Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. The Gemstone Honors Program continues to challenge and support students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Learn more about Gemstone.

News and Announcements

GEMSTONE Registration Assistance

June 24, 2020

If you are experiencing any challenges registering for Gemstone courses, we can help! If you have met with your academic advisor and are still experiencing issues due to a course restriction, please click here to fill out the permission form or visit If you are having trouble registering due to a credit limit from your college or due to a scheduling conflict, please email and we can assist!

Congratulations to team ASTRO (formerly Habitat)!

June 23, 2020

University of Maryland team took "First Place in Theme" at the 2020 NASA RASC-AL design competition. Gemstone Team HABITAT's entry, "Robotic Habitat Technologies for Minimizing Crew Maintenance Requirements", took first place in the theme "Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Gateway and/or Mars-class Transportation". Team Habitat is made up of Rachel Cueva, Rachel Harvey, Peter Mnev (who did the video presentation in the virtual competition format), Rachel Broemmelsiek, Micah Calderwood, Jaime Callejon Hierro, Scott Holmes, Imran Khawaja, William Keyman, Wilson Orlando, Jessica Queen, Micah Shenk-Evans, and Thomas Skinner. The team is mentored by Dr. Mary Bowden and David Akin.

Congratulations to CONTACT's mentor!

June 23, 2020

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Team NOSALT's mentor, Dr. Birthe Kjellerup, leads a research effort to track COVID-19 via wastewater testing

May 26, 2020

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

May 22, 2020

Click below to view the citation booklet.

2020 Citation Booklet

Additionally, click below to view the Class of 2020 collage!

Class of 2020 collage

The Maryland's National Scholarships successes in 2019-20

May 20, 2020

Each spring the National Scholarships Office hosts a recognition gathering to celebrate student and alumni accomplishments and to thank the many faculty and staff from across the University whoe contribute mightily to our students' success. Click here to view the online presentation. Enjoy!


May 15, 2020

Three of our seniors, Daniel Klawson, Sara Pohland, and Eddie Salvatierra, received Departmental awards from ECE! To view the news story, please click here.

Additionally, Rachel Wills and Mariama Barrie received BioE awards, Nicolette received a Civil Engineering award, and Eli Fastow received an award with Materials Science!

May 4, 2020

Congratulations to three Gemstone students who were named to the Maryland Medallion Society and are finalists for UMD's three biggest awards for undergraduates: the H.C. Byrd Award, the Sally Sterling Byrd Award and the Wilson H. Elkins Award.

Jaqueline Deprey (ART)
Candela Cerpa (E-JUSTICE)
Sara Pohland (FEELS)

To meet the honorees, please click here.

Congratulations to Kayla Foster (ACID) and Audrey Krimm (E-JUSTICE) who also won university awards. Kayla won the Kirwan award (single junior selected) and Audrey won the Kehoe award from RecWell.

Congratulations to Russell Schwartz (LEMMA) His Research Paper, “Robust Multi-Agent Task Assignment in Failure-Prone and Adversarial Environments” has been selected to receive one of this year’s Winston Family Honors Awards.

Congratulations Team OPTIC!

February 19, 2020

Our Gemstone students travel all over the country (and world) to present their research! Seniors Arjun Agarwal and Daniel Klawson from Team OPTIC recently traveled to San Diego to present a poster at the 2020 American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Meeting! Their research focuses on proposing optical wireless communication links for live time monitoring of fragile ocean environments.

Congratulations Former Gemstone Mentors Mark Fuge & Ryan Sochol!

February 3, 2020

Congratulations to former Gemstone mentors Mark Fuge and Ryan Sochol, who have received the NSF career award.

Mark Fuge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who received this award to fund his project "Learning Design Representations: The Effect of Differential Geometric Manifolds on the Inference of Design Structure". To learn more about Mark Fuge's award click here.

Ryan Sochol is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who recieved this award to fund his project "High-Aspect-Ratio Multi-Material Three-Dimensional Microstructures via Microfluidic Direct Laser Writing".To learn more about Ryan Sochol's award click here.

Congratulations Emily Hitz!

February 3, 2020

Special shoutout to our Gemstone alumni Emily Hitz, who has been named by Nature as one of five early career researchers in materials science! Emily graduated in 2015 as a member of team Quantum Sea. To learn more about Emily's accomplishment click here.

Congratulations to the new admitted Class of 2024 Honors College Terps!

January 31, 2020

Welcome to the Honors College, Class of 2024! To learn more about Gemstone, check out our admitted students page on our website.

If you have any questions, please email or call us at 301-458-0784!

Congratulations to some of our Gemstone students!

October 9, 2019

Special shoutout to some of our Gemstone students, who have been recognized across campus!

2019-2020 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars: Shifali Matthews'20, School of Public Health, Gemstone Team E-JUSTICE and Jilian Kunze'20, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Gemstone Team VISOR.

Student Speaker for recent University of Maryland Fearless Ideas Campaign, to raise scholarship funds: Kyeisha Laurence'21, Gemstone Team CASCADE

Article spotlight in Maryland Today on Josh Gaus'18, Gemstone Team ARM IT. Josh is a test engineer at the University of Maryland's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site in St. Mary's County!

Gemstone Fall Welcome Calendar 2019

August 19, 2019

Hey Gemstone students! Check out our Gemstone Fall Welcome Calendar below, which has some important dates, information, and ways to get involved in Gemstone!

You can also view the PDF HERE.

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