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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

  • Electrospun Small-Diameter Silk Fibroin Vascular Grafts with Tuned Mechanical and Biocompatibility Properties as Tissue Engineered Scaffolds 

    Al-Salihi, Mina; Berger, Adam G.; Dang, Megan N.; Jones, Irene; Karsalia, Moli; Lim, Casey G.; Menachery, Sherin M.; Mgboji, Glory; Nou, Angelina; Singleterry, Marquise; Srinivasan, Devayani; Tran, Phillip; Zhou, Amy (2017)
    Almost 9 million people in the U.S. have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In severe cases of PAD, arterial bypass surgery is performed to redirect flow around the problem area. However, for many elderly patients, this ...
  • Dopamine Signaling and Oxytocin Administration in a Rat Model of Empathy 

    Chappa, Bharadwaja S.; Girma, Henok T.; Green, Elizabeth A.; Kantor, Shir; Lagowala, Dave A.; Myers, Matthew A.; Potemri, Danielle; Pecukonis, Meredith G.; Tesfay, Robel T.; Walters, Michael S. (2017)
    The rat model is commonly used to study prosocial and empathetic behavior. However, the neural underpinnings of such behavior are unknown. We investigated the potential roles of two neurotransmitters, dopamine (DA) and ...
  • Sensory Computing and Object Processing Entity: Assistive Robotics for Healthcare 

    Bachkosky, John VI; Boukhvalova, Alexandra; Chou, Kevin; Gunnarsson, William; Ledwell, James; McTaggart, Brendan; Qian, Xiaoqing; Rodgers, Nicholas; Shi, John; Yon, Jason (2017)
    Team SCOPE has created an assistive robot for healthcare delivery. The robot is mobile, responds to spoken commands, and possesses Artificial Intelligence (AI). It extracts meanings about the patient’s health from conversations ...
  • Piezoelectric Sensing and Energy Harvesting in Touchscreens 

    Bremerman, Jacob; Bronocco, Steven; Caffey, Brenden; Kent, Terri; Reed, Emily; Lee, Eric; Mukhopadhyay, Rounak; Patel, Anand; Rother, Chris; Stambouli, Adam; Verni, Erin; Wang, Torrance (2017)
    Team Piezo investigated the increasing demands on smartphone batteries by developing a touchscreen prototype that integrates piezoelectric materials to sense touch location and generate energy for the battery. The touchscreen ...
  • Cellulose Nanopaper: A Study of Composition and Surface Modifications to Develop Sustainably-Sourced Alternatives to Plastics 

    Buco, Karenna; Chang, Eddie; Davoodi, Parisa; Downing, Julia; Ganey, Delena; Green, Brandon; Kagan, Jonathan; Khemka, Sachi; Larmore, Erik; Russell, Hannah; Schmitt, Thomas; Travisano, Luke; Van Sickle, Jeannette; Wang, Jenshinn Stacy (2017)
    Pollution from the fossil-fuel-powered production of plastics presents a serious threat to the planet’s environmental health. To address this issue, cellulose nanopaper (CNP) has been pushed as an abundant, sustainably-sourced ...

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