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Spend a day with an Honors student through the Honors Ambassadors Host-A-Day Program! High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to come to campus for a day to meet a current Honors student, attend classes, and learn more about the Honors College. This is a great opportunity to experience life in the Honors College at the University of Maryland.
The University of Maryland iGEM team composed of ILS and BioE students winds 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 competition (iGEM). This high-intensity event engages student-led teams from major universities worldwide to design, work on, and present novel synthetic biology projects that address real-world problems. The University of Maryland iGEM team, which is composed of 16 multidisciplinary students and 2 faculty advisors, traveled to the iGEM Jamboree in Boston from September 24-28, 2015, competing and collaborating with 250 teams from around the world. Building on last year’s success, UMaryland iGEM was awarded another gold medal, for approaches to accelerate the construction of new biodesigns. The team’s new method for plasmid maintenance without the use of antibiotics and the construction of an inexpensive thermocycler using parts from a hairdryer also earned one of five nominations for best new application. The team developed the projects, performed laboratory research over the summer, conducted an extensive study of human practices related to the project, developed a Wiki page that described the project, raised $25,500 for lab supplies and travel costs, and presented a poster and an oral presentation at the competition. The team is currently recruiting team members for the 2016 iGEM competition.
Fang Cao, a 2015 alumnus, is no stranger to recognition. Last year, the computer science and physiology and neurobiology major became this university’s first student to have won both Truman and Goldwater scholarships, as well as the second Rhodes Scholar in the school’s history. Now, the Phi Kappa Phi honor society has awarded Cao a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, which grants $15,000 each to a few select students across the country.
Two Honors College Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships
Congratulations to Alexis Marion and Marilyn Mensah, who were awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2015. The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship supports students who are Pell Grant recipients, U.S. citizens and studying abroad for 4-weeks or longer. Alexis will be studying in Nicaragua, and Marilyn will be studying in South Africa.
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. The Boren Scholarship, a Department of Defense award, provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad. The scholarship is designed for students with a serious interest in using their language and regional knowledge skills in U.S. Government service.
UMD juniors Shane Falcinelli, Benjamin Gastfriend, Nathan Ng and Iowis Zhu were among the 260 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,206 students nominated nationally this year. The four students, who are all members of the UMD Honors College, plan to pursue doctoral degrees in their areas of study and to become university professors. The Honors College congratulates them all.
A leading voice in entrepreneurship research, teaching, and application, with over 1,000 members across the world, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship established Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Each is awarded on a competitive basis, with only one institution winning in each category during a given year. A few days ago, EIP won first place in the category of Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program. Congratulations, EIP!