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Published in Innovations in Undergraduate Research and Honors Education: Proceedings of the Second Schreyer National Conference 2001, ed. Josephine M. Carubia & Renata S. Engel. Copyright © 2004 The National Collegiate Honors Council


The Maryland Gemstone Program is a unique four-year honors program in which undergraduates from all majors are teamed together in groups of 10-15 students and challenged to address some aspect of a major societal problem containing technological, social, ethical, and business elements. At the conclusion of the program, each team submits a team thesis, which is reviewed by academic, corporate, and governmental representatives. Upon successful completion of the program, Gemstone students receive their undergraduate degrees with a special Gemstone Citation. The process of curriculum development, research project management, and particular lessons learned from the first cohort to complete the program are summarized.