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The Gemstone Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Under guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff, teams of students design, direct and conduct significant research, often but not exclusively exploring the interdependence of science and technology with society. Gemstone students are members of a living-learning community comprised of fellow students, faculty and staff who work together to enrich the undergraduate experience. This community challenges and supports the students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. In the fourth year, each team of students presents its research in the form of a thesis to experts, and the students complete the program with a citation and a tangible sense of accomplishment.

Recent Submissions

  • Placement of Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to Maximize Power Generation Influenced by Architectural and Geographic Interfaces in Urban Areas 

    Burtnick, Jason; Fairbanks, Ralph; Gross, Francis; Lin, Edward; McCrone, Bethany; Osmond, John (2015)
    Current methods for large-scale wind collection are unviable in urban areas. In order to investigate the feasibility of generating power from winds in these environments, we sought to optimize placements of small vertical-axis ...
  • Appropriateness of Largemouth Bass as a Model Species for Detection of Endocrine Dissruption 

    Kim, Christine; Leasca, Angela; Liu, Winston; Patel, Shivani; Poulsen, Laura; Shah, Shefali; Throwe, Taylor; Tripu, Renuka (2015)
    Intersex in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) has been correlated with regional anthropogenic activity, but has not been causally linked to environmental factors. Four groups of hatchery-reared largemouth bass (LMB) ...
  • Zeolite-Loaded Alginate-Chitosan Hydrogel Beads as a Topical Hemostat 

    Bayomi, May; Choi, Yoon Sun; Christodoulides, Katerina; Fathi, Parinaz; Ghodasara, Anjali; Knazik, Jocelyn; Langan, Kristen; Miller, Benjamin; Sikorski, Michael; Thaker, Hemi; Titcomb, Michael; Wonodi, Omasiri (2015)
    Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death after a traumatic injury. Commercial hemostatic agents exist, but have various disadvantages including high cost, short shelf-lives, or secondary tissue damage. Polymer ...
  • Fabrication of Poly (D,L-Lactic-Co-Glycolic Acid) Microparticles for Improved Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Delivery 

    Brown, Rachel; Cesewski, Ellen; Fix, Jonathan; Freudenberger, Devon; Higgins, Kara; McMahon, Eileen; Niba, Vanessa; Park, Hoon; Perdomo, Gabriela; Seo, Anna; Srivastava, Avantika; Tsui, Christina; Whiteman, Aaron; Zubajlo, Rebecca (2015)
    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer and the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease worldwide. HPV vaccines require a multi-dose regimen to provide immunity, contributing to low patient ...
  • The Effects of Insulin-Induced Moderate Hypoglycemia on Hippocampal Plasticity 

    Frankel, Joseph; Gunther, Kelley; Matthews, Lex; Plakkot, Siddarth; Ser, Eileen; Shapiro, Melanie; Weng, Peter; Wilkin, Danielle; Xu, Linhan (2015)
    Self-regulation of blood glucose in diabetics via insulin administration introduces the risk of hypoglycemia. Previous studies have shown hypoglycemia damages the dentate gyrus, an area of the hippocampus associated with ...

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