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Parsons Hosts Cybersecurity Competition for UMD Honors College Students

The event, took place at Parsons' Cyber Training Center in Columbia, MD, and pitted teams of three in a challenge to "hack" a bank, analyze malware, and decrypt codes. The students are from the ACES program.


ILS Students Win Gold for a Second Year in a Row at the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition

Student researchers from around the world gather yearly for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. Student-led teams from universities worldwide design, work on, and present novel synthetic biology projects to address real-world problems. UMD's iGEM team, was awarded another gold medal, for approaches to accelerate the construction of new biodesigns with a new method for plasmid maintenance without the use of antibiotics, and the construction of an inexpensive thermocycler using parts from a hairdryer earned one of five nominations for best new application.


Honors Alum Fang Cao Awarded the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship

The computer science and physiology and neurobiology major adds to his Truman and Goldwater scholarships and second Rhodes Scholar in the school’s history. Fang Cao received the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, which grants $15,000 each to a few select students across the country.


Four Honors College Students Awarded Boren Scholarships

Congratulations to Olivia Bethea, Sarah Brown, Anna Pavlos, and Catherine Tappert on being awarded Boren Scholarships to pursue intensive language studies in critical regions around the world.


Four Honors College Students Named 2015 Goldwater Scholars

Honors College studentsShane Falcinelli, Benjamin Gastfriend, Nathan Ng and Iowis Zhu were among the 260 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,206 students nominated nationally this year.


EIP Best in Nation


The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Honors College's EIP program won first place in the category of Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program.



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