Monday, December 15, 2014

Study tour to Greece, summer 2015

The public honors college St. Mary’s College of Maryland is once again offering a 24-night study tour to Greece, this May 20-June 13.

Professor Michael Taber is planning the eighth St. Mary’s Greece Study Tour, this time with days on the island of Samos (the birthplace of Pythagoras--remember that theorem?) and two nights near Ephesus in Turkey.

Some highlights:
· visiting all 4 pan-hellenic game sites (incl. Olympia)
· authentic, home-cooked Greek cuisine
· spending nights on TWO continents
· walking the streets walked by our authors
· visiting 5 ancient theaters
· using a thermal spa in use since ancient times
· seeing the cell in which Socrates drank the hemlock
· spending nights on the island Pythagoras lived on
· visiting 4 sites visited by St. Paul
· folk-dancing lessons
· visiting 2 monasteries
· visiting the Turkish city where natural science was born (!)
· visiting 2 wineries

This year's theme, "Tyrants, Trials, and Triangles," will cover three imperfect and halting moves:
  • from despotic rule to a version of democracy, 
  • from a social system of vengeance to one governed by laws, trials, and juries,
  • from a view of the cosmos as a place dominated by fickle gods to one of orderly scientific laws and mathematical regularities.
We will examine these changes from about the time of the Trojan War (c. 1200 BCE) to the Classical period (5th and 4th centuries BCE), as well as looking at subsequent developments in Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times.

Check out the website about the study tour:

There is a description, a syllabus, an itinerary, photo galleries from past years, cost information, and applications.  Even packing tips.  

Applications are processed on a rolling basis, but will not be considered after January 24. The first payment of $1600 is due January 27.

Warning: For the offering this past June, the course filled up by early January

This is an upper-division course that assumes no particular prior coursework—either in classics, in ancient conceptions of law and justice, or the like.  But it is a course—not just a fun trip, and we hope to continue to have a range of disciplinary interests represented by the students. We've had majors from Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Math, Musical Theater, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater, Film, & Media Studies.  The mix of students traveling together constitutes a minor education in itself.

Paid study in January on meditation and cognition ($240)

We are currently recruiting for participants to start throughout the month of January!
We would like to invite you to participate in a paid research study for the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. The study involves 12 sessions at the Patapsco building (a short walk from College Park Metro, accessible by Shuttle #104; parking available). You will be asked to complete cognitive tasks and questionnaires, as well as receive training in meditation. You must be between 18 and 40 years of age to participate.
Receive $240 for completing the study ($5 each for sessions 1-11, and $185 at the final session). After completing session 12, you will get a raffle entry to win a $200 gift card!
Complete the survey at the link below to determine your eligibility. We will contact eligible participants to schedule their sessions.
For more information, please contact Dr. Alexa Romberg;

Education Abroad Hiring Two Spring Interns

Education Abroad is hiring two interns for the spring semester in the areas of online communications and diversity initiatives.

The full description and application instructions are available at:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sketchup: Man Overboard! - Free Comedy Friday

UMD's premier sketch comedy group presents a FREE show this FRIDAY December 12 at 7pm in the Hoff Theater. It is our end of semester show for Fall 2014 and will be a great way to celebrate the last day of classes!

Ellicott Community End of Semester Celebration!

Your friends in Resident Life, ILS, Gemstone, EIP, and University Honors invite all Ellicott community members to celebrate the end of the semester and relieve stress in the LaPlata Multipurpose Room this Friday, 12/12 from 3-5pm. There will be copious amount of donuts, hot chocolate, tea, and calming activities such as coloring to go around for all. Please remember to bring your own reusable dishware (cups & plates) to help us keep this event green.
 We look forward to celebrating with you! :)

Headfirst Summer Camps’ 2nd Annual Job Fair! Jan 3.

Calling all Education Majors!

Do you want to have an amazing summer? Do you want to gain more experience working with kids? Do you want to work at the #1 Summer Camp in D.C.? If yes, come to Headfirst Summer Camps’ 2nd Annual Job Fair! Read below or click here to learn more about Headfirst. 

YOU! Our passion is enriching the lives of children nationwide by building character and confidence through our summer camp programs, and our seasonal team is composed of exceptional professionals and young professionals who share that passion.

The 2nd Annual Headfirst Summer Camps and Headfirst Professional Sports Camps Job Fair. Schedule a time to interview one-on-one with a member of the hiring team, or just drop by to learn more about The Headfirst Companies and all of the job opportunities available in 2015 across the Headfirst Summer Camps and Headfirst Professional Sports Camps programs.

Saturday, January 3, 2015. Open House from 1:00pm–6:00pm (RSVPs preferred)

The Headfirst Companies Headquarters
2639 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20008
Metro Accessible: Our offices are directly across the street from the Woodley Park Metro (Red Line).

Because we want to hear from YOU before our summer positions start to fill up.
Return to school from winter break with peace of mind knowing that your summer job is secured.

Hillel Winterfest

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Library Award for Undergraduate Research

Completed a research paper? Turn it into cash!

The University Libraries are again offering up to three awards of $1,000 each. Show us how library resources and services helped you complete your research paper.
Papers must be completed in the 2014 calendar year.

Applications are due February 15, 2015.

For more information:
Questions?  Contact Nedelina Tchangalova ( or Patti Cossard( ).

Summer 2015 Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) Information Session

Thursday, December 11th
Susquehanna Hall #3105

Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer?

Are you interested in studying abroad in Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, or Ecuador?

Learn about what it takes to be a Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps Intern in any of these three countries.

Listen to first-hand accounts from returning students of what it’s like to work in a developing country for a growing social enterprise and earn 9 university credits while doing it.

Become engaged in your world and make a lasting social impact this summer!

Applications open end of this week.

Jennifer Precht
Associate Director for Education Abroad
Office of International Affairs

University of Maryland, College Park
3119C Susquehanna Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Tel:  +1-301-405-5747
Fax:  +1-301-314-9135

Winter Walks: Light Your Way Labyrinth Walk

December 11, 2014
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Memorial Chapel
Contact: Jennifer Olson,
Walk the labyrinth with a lit candle, as you plan for an illuminating exam season. Inside in the Garden Chapel, relax on chocolates and hot cider and teas, listen to peaceful music and create a bright hand-held labyrinth to take home. Labyrinth meditation offered on the half hour.

Maryland Dairy: Maryland Dairy 90th Anniversary Party

December 12, 2014
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Maryland Dairy, STAMP
Contact: Lori Dominick,
Come celebrate 90 years of Maryland Dairy Ice Cream on the Last Day of Classes! We'll be sampling a new flavor - Birthday Brownie Batter!

TerpZone: Just Dance 2014 Tournament

December 12, 2014
8:00pm - 12:00am
TerpZone, STAMP
Contact: Jean-Luque Zephir,
Shake and shimmy your way to victory at the Just Dance 2014 Tournament! There will be a prize for the finalist! This tournament is FREE to enter. Sign-ups begin at 6:00pm. 

Internship or a full-time position with Talk Local

Interested in gaining experience with a hot new internet start-up from the ground up?

 If so, then apply for an internship or a full-time position with Talk Local (
Recently named DC's hottest startup, Talk Local is a next generation search engine that connects consumers and service professionals like never before. 

We are looking for self-motivated, passionate, and ambitious individuals who want to make an impact on small businesses all over the country.
Apply today at

Breakthrough Collaborative- Summer Teaching Residency for Undergraduates

Breakthrough Collaborative brings together passionate undergraduates from all majors to teach our hard-working middle-school students during the summer. Breakthrough students dream of college but come from under-resourced schools. Breakthrough Teaching Fellows help to close the opportunity gap by leading core classes that prepare students to be successful in the most academically rigorous environments.

During the nine-week summer residency, you will receive extensive training, continuous support, and the opportunity to lead a classroom. Breakthrough’s Teaching Residency is one of the most rigorous in the country and provides intensive training on instruction, assessment, student engagement and classroom management. Whether you have always wanted to become a teacher or are considering it for the first time, teaching at Breakthrough will help prepare you for a career in education and will provide you with skills that are transferable to any profession.
Make the summer of 2015 the most rewarding summer of your life. The early action deadline is January 6, 2015 and the Regular Decision deadline is February 24, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit . Please contact Meghan Imwold at with any questions. 

The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing

Attention creative writers!  Are you a passionate fiction writer with a flair for storytelling? If so, submit your application TODAY!

The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing is a memorial scholarship that honors the memory of Sebastian Herbstein, a talented writer, dedicated scholar and son of UMD professor, Judith Freidenberg, which provides two prizes, $600 for first prize and $300 for second prize, for works of short fiction of 5,000 words or less. All full-time UMD undergrads are eligible to apply.

For complete award criteria, instructions, and an online application, please visit Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 .
Questions? Contact Jennifer Kilberg, BSOS Alumni and Donor Relations at 301.405.2998 or  

Monday, December 8, 2014

#LightenUpUMD - Dec. 12

Friday, December 12
McKeldin Mall (near the library)

Come 'Lighten Up' on McKeldin Mall with Campus Recreation Services and UMD Libraries before buckling down!

There'll be music, dancing, and light bring your smartphone and your light-up clothes, toys, and gear.

There will also be hot beverages provided by our friends from the University Student Judiciary.

***We'll have free light-up stuff while supplies last!***

If you have a DSLR (and tripod) and would like to experiment with light painting, we encourage you to bring that too!

Join the Facebook event & invite your friends:


ATTENTION JUNIORS!!! Do you have outstanding public service accomplishments, an excellent academic record, and clear evidence of leadership ability? Are you passionate about public service? Are you planning graduate study to help you prepare for a career working for the public good and shaping public policy?
Learn about the Truman Scholarship ( which honors President Harry S. Truman by recognizing JUNIORS with outstanding potential for making contributions to the public good and to public policy. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 toward relevant graduate studies, exceptional internship opportunities and other important benefits. Maryland nominees have won Truman Scholarships each of the past 3 years!
WHO CAN APPLY: US Citizens or nationals (by March 2015) - Juniors, 3rd year Seniors - GPA of 3.7 or higher strongly recommended - All Majors ­ All candidates for Truman Scholarships must be nominated by their university.
To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and Maryland's nomination process please contact Francis DuVinage at as soon as possible – please attach a resume to your email.
Prof. Margaret Pearson, Dept. of Government and Politics, is Maryland's faculty advisor for the Truman Scholarship.
Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Beinecke Scholarship for Graduate Study in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences

ATTENTION JUNIORS!! Are you a planning to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social studies and have an outstanding academic record?

The Beinecke Scholarship Program provides graduate study scholarships in the humanities and social sciences to JUNIORS of exceptional ability who have a high degree of financial need.

The Beinecke program seeks highly motivated and intellectually accomplished JUNIORS who plan to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences after graduation. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2015 and August 2016.

FIELDS OF STUDY: The Beinecke program is open to students planning research-oriented master’s and Ph.D. studies in any field in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Professionally-oriented degree programs of any kind ARE NOT supported.

FINANCIAL NEED: Candidates for nomination by the University of Maryland should be recipients of Pell Grants or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of underlying financial need.

Candidates for the Beinecke Scholarship must be nominated by their university or college – the University of Maryland, College Park can nominate 1 outstanding junior annually to compete for a Beinecke Scholarship. To seek nomination, candidates must submit a complete draft of a Beinecke Scholarship application by January 23, 2015.

Learn more about the Beinecke program by contacting the National Scholarships Office at

Who may apply: To be eligible for the Beinecke Scholarship nomination, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career. Generally, a minimum GPA of 3.8 will be required for nomination; exceptions may be made in extraordinary cases.

  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Have firm plans to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences after graduation.

  • Be a United States citizen or a US national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • Be a Pell Grant recipient as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of underlying financial need.

Award Amount: Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Duration: Scholars must utilize all funding within five years.

Campus Deadline: January 23, 2015. This is the deadline for submitting a complete draft of a Beinecke application to be considered for University of Maryland, College Park nomination.

Leslie Brice, Ph.D.
National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742

Estudias el español? ¡Participa en un estudio en el próximo semestre!

The Language Learning and Cognition Study is recruiting for spring 2015!  Sessions are available as early as January 5th.
Participate in 14 sessions of 1-2 hours each.  All sessions are held at Taliaferro.  You will be asked to complete cognitive tasks and questionnaires, as well as training tasks on an iPad.
Receive $240 for completing the study ($5 each for sessions 1-13, and $175 at the final session).  After completing session 14, you will get a raffle entry to win one of 10 $200 gift cards!
Eligibility criteria include (see for full list):
- 18-30 years of age
- monolingual native speaker of English
- currently enrolled in a 300-level Spanish course or completed a 300-level Spanish course within the past year
- not started studying Spanish before age 12
- no immersion experience of longer than 1 month in a Spanish-speaking country
To take the pre-screen, visit
Contact us at

Memorial Chapel: Winter Walks: Light Your Way Labyrinth Walk - 12/11

December 11, 2014
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Memorial Chapel
Contact: Jennifer Olson,
Walk the labyrinth with a lit candle, as you plan for an illuminating exam season. Inside in the Garden Chapel, relax on chocolates and hot cider and teas, listen to peaceful music and create a bright hand-held labyrinth to take home. Labyrinth meditation offered on the half hour.

Maryland Hip-Hop Collective: Collective4Cancer

December 8, 2014
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Grand Ballroom, STAMP
Contact: James Edwards
The Maryland Hip-Hop Collective will be throwing a benefit concert! We will be having all Maryland artists performing with acts ranging from liturgical dance and poetry to rap performances and dance groups. This will be an exciting night with an eclectic medley of the most talented performers in Maryland! Tickets are $5 each and ALL PROCEEDS will go towards raising cancer awareness during the event. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

ENGL368C - Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region

Instructor: Merle Collins

Prerequisites: One course in English (can be ENGL 101) or Latin American Studies

Description: This is a project-based course.  Students will work in the classroom and with Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), a community group in Prince George’s Community, on a project aimed at developing a “global tour” to give young people an understanding of the literature and culture of various parts of the world.  This course is designed as the community group’s “Caribbean Stop” on its global tour.  You will work alternatively in the classroom and at the CAFÉ location in Mt. Rainier, Md.   In the classroom, you will be introduced to selected Caribbean poems, plays and short stories.   At CAFÉ, you will assist young people with homework and, having established a relationship, design a program to teach the youth some of what you are learning of Caribbean literature. During the course, in online and face-to-face discussions, you will continually assess what you are learning and how successfully you are able to communicate with young people in grade school.  This class offers an opportunity both to be introduced to Caribbean literature in the classroom and to enhance your understanding by teaching young people in a community organization.  In the classroom, you will be introduced to more than you need for teaching the youth.  You will discuss contexts for the emergence and development of Caribbean literature, focusing on issues such as use of language and the colonial influence on development of the region's literature. Writers to be studied include Edwidge Danticat, Nicolás Guillén, Earl Lovelace and Paule Marshall

This course was developed as part of the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative, which was created to support learning environments bringing students in contact with their surrounding communities as community partners and allies in practices of transformation and social justice.  It is currently under review to have Gen Ed Designations for both Humanities and Understanding Plural Societies.

GVPT 200 International Political Relations - Online Course

A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of international institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.

The GVPT department is also offering the courses listed below in the winter:

-          GVPT 100 Scope and Methods for Political Science Research (offered online)
-          GVPT 170 American Government (offered online)
-          GVPT 241 The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern (offered online)
-          GVPT 306 Global Environmental Politics (offered online)
-          GVPT 309D Topics in International Relations; Drone, Data, and National Security in the 21st Century (offered online)
-          GVPT 359N Topics in Comparative Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (offered online)

Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict Program
-          GVPT 409J Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Multi-Track Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
-          GVPT 409K Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Workshop in Multi-Track Diplomacy
-          Course description for the Multi-Track Diplomacy courses:

The winter term starts on Monday, January 5th and ends on Friday, January 23rd.

PUAF 288P: Introduction to Public Policy

ENSP399R – Global Climate Change / Coastal Indicators

This new course provides a unique opportunity to contribute to a national global change research program investigating “indicators” of global change, for example, drought, flooding, sea level rise, etc.  This spring, the course will focus on “coastal resilience indicators” in the face of climate change and coastal hazards and will be co-taught by two scientists working on the project.

Students will help analyze “green infrastructure” like sea grasses and SAV’s; and “gray” services, like breakwaters and sea walls.  Along the way, you will have a terrific opportunity to explore how science policy is developed and connect with scientists and policy-makers at the cutting edge of climate change research and policy.

Because environmental challenges and human responses to them are multi-dimensional, the course is open to motivated students in all majors, including:  ANTH, AOSC, BSCI, ECON, Engineering, ENSP, ENST, GEOG, GEOL, GIS, GVPT, among others.  Students enrolled in the Sustainability Studies Minor are also encouraged to enroll.

During the semester, you will:

·         Learn about “resilience” and “sustainability”
·         Learn how science policy works
·         Work with real data
·         Learn how to figure out what is known and what is not known; and how to break the data down to understand what is useful
·         Develop an indicator to help measure global climate change impacts on coastal communities.
·         Learn how to write policy memos, interpret “take home” messages, and give 30-second elevator speeches re: climate change research.
·         Meet guest speakers at the cutting edge of research and policy.
·         The course will be taught on Fridays, 10-1 pm, in 0215 Symons Hall (Section 0101). 

Interested students should e-mail: Dr. Ariana Sutton-Greer at (and cc:  Please include the following information in your message:  Why are you interested in this course? What is your major, UID, and expected graduation date?  Since this class is likely to be different from others you have taken, please make a point of attending the first class to learn more about it and confirm your interest.

ENGL 289T: Representing Technology/Technologies of Representation: Techno Monstrosities

General Education: DSHU and SCIS

Instructor: Jonathan Auerbach

Description:  How do we initially understand new technologies, and how do these modern instrumentalities in turn represent us? This course seeks to address this double-edged question by looking at a series of nineteenth-century American, French, German, and British novels and stories from Frankenstein (1818) to Dracula (1897) featuring recently introduced media and inventions such as photographs, phonographs, automata, and motion pictures that are themselves (like works of literature) concerned with reproducing "reality," including recording various aspects of the human body and human consciousness.

Spring 2015 Undergraduate research assistants are needed

Undergraduate research assistants are needed for the Motivation in Education Research Group (MERG) in the Department of Human Development, starting Spring semester 2015. RAs will receive course credit. Main duties will involve undergraduate participant recruitment and data collection. For more information or to apply, please contact Katie Muenks,

Sign Up Today For An Extraordinary Class that Lets You Make a Global Difference!

Have the Opportunity to Invest Thousands of Dollars in a Seminar on International Social Change that Past Students in Similar Classes Called "Awesome" and the “Best Class I've Taken!"

Friends, As someone who has had the pleasure to teach courses on philanthropy in the Honors College for a number of years, I am excited to announce an amazing new spring course focused on global social change.  See all the cool details below.  Best, Prof. Bob Grimm, Honors College Faculty Fellow

Tired of the same old lectures and homework? How would you like to be a part of a course that is making the world a better place? Well, this Spring, you can!

This is no ordinary class, this is an experience!  PUAF 388G Seminar on Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change will be offered this spring on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm. In addition to learning about global social change in a fun and engaging way, you will also have the chance to make a real impact.
How do you tackle the world’s most pressing issues?  From Poverty, climate change, gender equity, human trafficking, refugee and humanitarian emergencies, and public health crises, you will learn how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and philanthropy are working across borders and in the most desperate circumstances to alleviate suffering and solve problems.  By the end of this class you will be able to create a better world by ACTUALLY investing thousands of dollars in a real nonprofit organization!! What other class gives you the power to MAKE a change in the world?
This course also covers multiple general education requirements and is taught by a professor with an exemplary teaching record so the only thing left for you to do is register for PUAF 388G and begin the class experience this spring.  

PUAF 388G Seminar on Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
Taught by Dr. Angela Bies, Endowed Associate Professor of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Thursdays 11:00am-2:30pm (Taliaferro 1126)
Check out the Washington Post article profiling an earlier version of this course:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CHUM’s Weekly Community Potluck - 12/7 at 7:30pm

  • Curious about cooperative living? Come hang out with cooperative members and enjoy delicious food at our weekly potluck - we're vegetarian and vegan friendly! The potluck will be hosted at one of our houses on 4801 Guilford Rd - Google Maps link here. Visit our website for more information.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes - 2015 Application Open

The US-UK Fulbright Commission opens applications today for the UK Summer Institute Award Programs for US Undergraduates.  Each Program varies in duration, from three to six weeks, and offers students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentation at an esteemed British University.

FIRST YEAR or SECOND YEAR STUDENTS from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply. We offer nine Summer Institutes, each of which will cover a different theme. These institutes include:

To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:
  • be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have completed no more than two years of university study ( i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university)
  • be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;

The Awards will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the UK, university fees, and room and board at the host UK University.

Please note: Applications for the 2015 Summer Institute Awards should be submitted via an online form (links available on program websites) and supplemental material e-mailed to the specified address. Deadlines for 2015 are:  26 February or 5 March, 2015 – depending on the Institute. Please make sure to check the specific Institute page for the particular deadline.  Application instructions are available to students on the program website.

Specific details about the UK Summer Institute Awards can be found at:

Study Abroad Scholarship - Pell Grant Recipients

Are you thinking about studying abroad or interning abroad in SUMMER or FALL 2015 or ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-16? Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)?

The GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP provides up to $5000 for study abroad for students who receive Pell Grants.  In the past three years more than 100 Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships!
To learn more and to receive advice about preparing a Gilman Scholarship application, RSVP at to one of the following information sessions.
Monday, December 8, at 12:00 pm, 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 9, at 12:00 pm, 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, December 10, at 12:00 pm, 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, December 11, at 4:30 pm, 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 12, at 4:30 pm, 2403 Marie Mount Hall
If you cannot attend please contact us through our Gilman Portal and we will reach out to you:
Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 4 weeks - Must have FAFSA demonstrated financial need and be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2015 - this is the deadline to apply for scholarships for study abroad programs for summer 2015, fall 2015 and academic year 2015-16.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers 1,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies world-wide. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Programs must be at least 4 weeks in length.

Gamer Symphony Orchestra Concert Saturday FREE!

We are the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, and we are having our Fall concert this Saturday, at the Clarice, in the Dekelboum concert hall! We play tons of great scores from various video games, arranged by students and members of the orchestra. The repertoire is fanastic this year and features music ranging from parts of the Pokemon X and Y games to songs featured in World of War Craft and Kingdom Hearts. We would love to see have you there!

The concert is at 2pm Saturday the 6th! You can follow our link to RSVP and find out more about the concert. The best part is, it is ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Adversity & Diversity: Growth, Communication, & Understanding

Grand Ballroom Lounge from 8- pm.

UMD student Camila Uechi willfacilitate the dialogue.

This event will consist of an open dialogue on:
  • Cultural norms and challenges (discussing cultural adaptation/ cultural shock)
  • Navigating the challenges associated with cultural adaptation & fostering new relationships as one integrates into a new community
  • As international students or global citizens, do we play an "ambassador" role for a native homes? Are we cultural representatives of our native homes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NEEDED: Bilingual Students to lead UMD tours for PGCPS Students

The Prince George's County Department of International Programs is looking to recruit 10 – 12 bilingual UMD students to volunteer to facilitate tours of campus during an upcoming event called Estudios Universitarios: A College Education is Within Your Reach. This event will be taking place on Saturday, December 13th this year. 

This is an annual event for Prince George's County students and their families to get them prepared for college.  Campus tours are usually involved, and have been extremely successful for the past two years, being led by bilingual UMD students!  

Since the majority of families attending this event are Spanish-speakers, our office would like to continue to offer tours led by bilingual tour guides to make the experience more personable.  I am asking for your assistance in recruiting individuals to volunteer to be a tour guide. Below are some bulleted points regarding what will be expected of volunteers.

·   Bilingual individuals knowledgeable about campus--locations will be pre-identified and within close proximity of Stamp Student Union (we will be offering a brief training online)
·  Able to meet at Stamp Student Union from 11:15am – 1pm on Saturday, December 13th
·  Willingness to lead consecutive groups of parents and students (10 – 15 individuals) around campus for 45 minute intervals
Those interested in volunteering or anyone who has questions should contact Jennifer Love ( or 301-408-5511). We would like to have all volunteers signed up by Friday, December 5th and prepared to complete the brief online training before the event. A background check is not required in order to volunteer. 
All volunteers will receive a free Estudios t-shirt!

Research Assistant, Child Development Laboratory. To start January 2015.

The Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is currently seeking highly motivated and extremely dependable upper-level students for the Fall semester to help with our research on the Temperament over Time Project, which involves a longitudinal study of the effects of infant temperament on social and cognitive development. We are looking for students who are both detail-oriented and have great communication skills - must be comfortable interacting with adolescents and their parents.  In addition, students will assist with data entry and detailed coding of behavioral data.  Requirements:  min 3.0 GPA, 6-9 hrs/week, 2 semester commitment.  Prereq: PSYC 200. If interested, please contact Gazal Arora at  PSYC, BSCI, and EDHD credits available. For more info about this project, visit:

Students - Volunteer for a Paid Group Processes Research Study!

Where         : Art-Sociology

The Group Processes Research Laboratory is seeking students interested in volunteering for paid studies this semester. The studies are a good way to participate first-hand in social science research. Most studies take about one hour and can pay up to $20.

Please visit to learn more.

You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

For more information, contact:
Groups Lab UMD