Monday, January 9, 2017

UH First-Year Students: You Can Apply to Join ILS

The Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Program seeks the applications of outstanding first-year students currently enrolled in University Honors who are interested in joining the ILS living-learning community in order to pursue academic and professional interests in the Life Sciences.  This admissions program is targeted to those University Honors students who will be rising second-year students in Fall 2017, and who were not able to satisfy the AP or college-course requirement for being admitted to ILS as entering freshmen.

Information about the ILS Program

ILS seeks to engage and inspire honors students interested in all aspects of biological research and biomedicine.  The overall objective of the ILS experience is to build a community of students who enjoy working and living together while preparing for future success in the most challenging programs in graduate, medical, dental, or other professional schools.

As with the other Honors living-learning communities, ILS is designed to promote the development of meaningful academic, professional and personal relationships.

In addition to the required ILS courses, ILS offers facilitated research internships and service opportunities in the Life Sciences, as well as regular community outings, dinners, and guest speakers.  To learn more about the ILS program, visit

Application Process

To be eligible for consideration, an Honors student must:

- currently be enrolled as a first-year student in the University Honors program.

- have satisfied the pre-requisites for BSCI 207 (i.e., BSCI 105, BSCI106, CHEM 131, and/or AP/IB waivers) by the start of their second-year, but not already be enrolled in BSCI 207 and/or BSCI 222.

- have high grades in their first-year courses and be in good standing with the Honors College.

- be willing to live in ILS housing located in La Plata Hall.

-  submit an electronic application: Access the application here

This application will close on February 5th , 2017.

 If you have questions about your eligibility for the program please contact Dr. Boots Quimby 301-405- 4596.

Maryland Discourse - Nonpartisan Campus Political Group

Are you interested in discussing the political or social issues that affect UMD, Maryland, or the country as a whole? Maryland Discourse, the nonpartisan political group on campus, is looking for new members in a range of opportunities. If you're interested in politics, finance, marketing, event planning or journalism, Discourse is the group for you! To apply, or for more information, refer to the following link - Questions? Email

New Public Policy Courses Spring Semester!

Family Involvement Laboratory Research Asst. Position

Interested in gaining hands-on research experience?
Students will serve as research assistants for the Family Involvement Lab project Baby Books 2, which is an intervention for low income mothers, fathers, & young children. The goal of the study is to understand the reading practices of these mothers’ & fathers.

Research assistants will participate in data collection; recruit parents; schedule visits; & enter data. Effective communication skills and a passion for working with families with young children is required. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the social sciences. Depending on interest & skill-level, there will be opportunities to write honors theses and participate in papers for publication.
Interested students should send their unofficial transcript and resume to Catherine Kuhns at For additional information on our lab, see our website at and

Columnist Openings At The Diamondback

The Diamondback Opinion Desk, the university's independent student newspaper, is looking to hire paid columnists for the 2017 Spring semester and beyond. Columnists will submit weekly opinion articles of 500-700 words on political, social, or cultural topics of their choice, and may be published both online and in our print edition. All majors are welcome to apply; we encourage applicants with previous columnist or editorial experience. Examples of typical submissions can be found at

Interested students should apply by emailing their resume, contact information (major, class year, phone number, and twitter handle), and an original sample column to Reuven Bank and William An at by January 19th.

CMNS Now Recruiting Peer Mentors!

Apply today to be a CMNS Peer Mentor! Our goal is to help students set and achieve academic, career, personal and social goals by offering a peer perspective. We help students create their four-year plans, discuss course content, offer assistance with orientation and serve as TA's for UNIV100.
Applications are available to download online at or can be picked up 1300 Symons Hall. They are due by January 27th in 1300 Symons Hall!

Stacy Woycheck,
Director of Undergraduate Programs

Alicia Thomas,
Assistant Director, Professional Programs

Student Organizations: StampFest Registration

Preparations are underway for StampFest 2017! This event will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017in the Stamp, starting at 10am and will feature entertainment, discounts at building vendors, activities and information from University offices and departments, and most importantly, the opportunity for your student organization to showcase yourselves and the work you do!
The Organization and Involvement Fair, featuring student organizations and University departments, is an important part of StampFest that takes place from 10am-3pm throughout the Stamp. Student organization tables will be in the Grand Ballroom and Grand Ballroom Lounge. This event serves as an excellent way to recruit new and rejuvenate old members of your organization. Similar to First Look Fair, registered groups will be provided with a table and two chairs, and are encouraged to showcase their organization in the most creative way possible.
Table placement will be done on a first-come, first-served basis with groups who register early placed in the Grand Ballroom. Once the Grand Ballroom is full, the remainder of the groups' tables will be placed in the Grand Ballroom Lounge. We do try to accommodate as many organizations as possible. REGISTER EARLY!
In addition to your participation in the Organization and Involvement Fair, we are looking for student organizations willing to perform in a Talent Showcase during the day. If your group is one that specializes if a form of entertainment or performance activity and want to participate in the Talent Showcase, email and let us know!
To register for the Organization and Involvement Fair, please complete the online registration form for Student Organizations
The deadline to register for StampFest is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5pm, though if table space fills up before the deadline, we will close registration early.