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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.

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  • Viral Investigation of Regulatory Human Astrocytes to Understand the Glymphatic System 

    Butz, Paul; Cheng, Lucas; Gopal, Riddhi; Lin, Anna; Onifade, Folarin; Sultan, Robin (2018)
    Alzheimer's disease (AD), and other neurodegenerative diseases, results from an extracellular accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques, which are composed of misfolded peptide oligomers of beta-amyloid. The accumulation is ...
  • Symbols for Computer-Aided Design Software Operations: Selection and Effect on User Recall 

    Alcantara, David G.; Chang, Ji M.; Choi, Brian J.; Hubbert, Mark A.; Massey, Caroline E.; Morrill, Timothy P.; Musselman, Patrick R.; Vecchioni, Alexander J.; Wang, Andrew T. (2018)
    Computer Aided Design (CAD) software can be difficult to learn. Past research has not investigated how the selection of symbols used to represent CAD operations affects a new user’s ability to learn CAD concepts. In this ...
  • Disinfection Ability of Bacteriophages Against Listeria Monocytogenes Biofilms 

    Frail, Sarah; Liu, Gina; Macatee, Grace; Mavanur, Tejas; Ochieng, Kerina; Purdy, Cara; Shan, Patrick; Tran, Thomas; Wain, Sarah (2018)
    Pathogenic foodborne bacteria, particularly species belonging to Listeria and Salmonella, pose a growing threat to public health because of their ability to form and/or grow within biofilms on various environments, ...
  • Developing an Extracellular Vesicle Based Treatment for Osteoarthritis 

    Bhattacharyya, Sumon; Chen, Allison; Chill, Stephanie; Golding, Madelyn; Lee, Danielle; Mumford, Thomas; Pu, Alex; Robichaux, Mary; Sukri, Kayla; Swayambunathan, Jay; Weigand, Kellen (2018)
    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease characterized by the degradation of articular cartilage. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are cargo-filled bodies that mediate intercellular communication and are influential in OA pathogenesis. ...
  • Properties of a Gallium-Conjugated Siderophore Complex as an Antibacterial Treatment 

    Cendo, Demetri Z.; Enkeshafi, Parmida; Han, Paul W.; Harner, Cameron R.; Herman, Rae J.; Huffman, Margo P.; Lee, Faith C.; Liu, Qing T.; Nguyen, Connie P. (2018)
    In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that approximately two million individuals in the United States developed antibiotic-resistant infections. This increasing rate of bacterial antibiotic ...

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