Friday, April 28, 2017

University Honors Peer Mentoring Program! 3 min application, due: Sunday, May 14

Be a Peer Mentor!  University Honors is recruiting Peer Mentors for fall 2017. As a peer mentor, you'll work with new University Honors students, welcome them to the Honors community, and provide guidance through the first semester. All student- mentor matches are done by major and/or professional interest.
Interested mentors should complete the application by Sunday, May 14.  The application is short and should take less than 3 minutes to complete.

You can mentor students individually or as part of a team. (If you are mentoring as part of a team, you and your co-mentor can be from 2 different majors)
Please direct questions to Liza Lebrun, 301-405-3049 or

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Chi Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. invites everyone to their 20th annual SIA week BBQ! Come celebrate 20 years with us and have a great time!

Want to make $30 cash for one 60 minute session of work? Want to support undergraduate research?

 Then sign up for Team PRINT's Computer Aided Design (CAD) learning study!We want people WITHOUT CAD experience! A link to a Doodle Poll is at the bottom of this post, but first PLEASE
read the information below! If you have any questions, email us at or call/text us at 4439345355! Thanks for your

Who is eligible?

1. Participants MUST be University of Maryland students
2. Participants are STRONGLY preferred to NOT have experience with
Computer Aided Design software (i.e. Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks,
Creo, FreeCAD)

What will be asked of you?

You will spend 60 minutes learning and experimenting with different
methods of creating and manipulating three dimensional models on the

Where, When, Why, and How?

You will receive an email within 24 hours of signing up on the Doodle
Poll providing you with more logistics information.

To register, visit this Doodle Poll:

Join UMD's newest entrepreneurship club, enTERPreneur!

enTERPreneur is a student-run, SGA-recognized club at UMD, looking to provide opportunities for students of all majors to learn and venture into the entrepreneurship industry! 

Become a part of the founding executive board responsible for steering the growth and direction of our organization, and gain indelible leadership experience.

Applications close 4/28.

Peace Corps Informational Workshop May 4th

Are you interested in learning more about the Peace Corps? The Federal and Global Fellows Program will be hosting an information session about the Peace Corps next week. Join us to hear Global Fellow and HONORS Humanities Alumnus, Jonathan Lee speak about his Peace Corps experience in Lesotho!
The informational workshop will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 2407 Mary Mount Hall (Federal and Global Office). Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP by Monday, May 1st. (Feel free to tell your friends, but do RSVP)
Please RSVP at the following link:
We hope to see you at this wonderful event!

Free Workshop: Introduction and Deep Dive into USAJOBS - May 3 or 4 PLEASE RSVP

Learn how to apply effectively for federal opportunities including jobs and internships--transferable information for applying to other sectors too!
The Partnership for Public Service and a team of experts from federal agencies will conduct the workshop and share practical tips on how to:
- Explore career opportunities based on interests and goals
- Use USAJOBS and gain familiarity with other platforms for finding public service careers
- Navigate career opportunities (hear from federal and public sector experts)
Title: Deep Dive into USAJOBS
Two Workshop Dates:
- Wednesday, May 3rd (7:00p.m. - 8:20p.m.) or
- Thursday, May 4th (7:00p.m. – 8:20p.m.)
Location: Tawes Hall, Rm: 1310 (same location on both days)
Please RSVP here  (we would like good head count to set up room!)
Pizza will be provided!!!
The workshop will be useful for all levels of USAJOBS users (new user, need a refresher, or a seasoned users looking for extra tips). The panelists will impart practical skills that are transferable to any jobs or settings.
If you like you may bring along your USAJOBS/federal resume – our panelists will provide quick feedback and tips for improvement!
Please bring along your friends, pass the word to others you know who might be interested to learn about USAJOBS - great opportunity!
Workshops sponsored by Federal and Global Fellows Programs at UMD! If interested for next year, please APPLY NOW!!! Application Link: Online Application Courses cross-listed with HONORS!
For details regarding the programs, go to and/or or come by our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall,.

Internships in DC. Federal/Global Fellows Program- Great for Honors College Students! - Apply by May 5

Want an internship in Washington, D.C.? Interested in global or domestic issues? Apply now to the Global Fellows or Federal Fellows Program! Earn Scholarship in Practice credit and a Fellows Program notation on your transcript! All our courses are cross-listed with Honors!

In the fall, students take a seminar course from industry practitioners in one of several concentrations covering foreign policy, diplomacy, homeland security, energy and environment, and science in a global context. In the spring, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits, and related organizations. Past internship locations include Department of State, embassies, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, White House, U.S. Helsinki Commission, and many more.  Activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers. 

APPLY NOW!!! Application Link: Online Application
​Application Deadline: Friday, May 5th

For complete details regarding the application requirements, visit our websites: and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261.

EDHI338E - Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality, or Size & Appearance

This Fall 2017, the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program (WEIDP) is offering the course, EDHI338E - Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality, or Size & Appearance.  Students register directly on Testudo, and will then work with our office to be placed into one of the three themes.

Spring Plant Sale 4/27

The horticulture club is selling basil, houseplants, peppers, tomatoes, and more! 

When: Thursday 4/27, 11 am to 3 pm

 Where: Outside Plant Sciences building •We will be accepting cash & Venom•

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Support Team MELTS' Launch UMD Campaign

Team MELTS is a 4-year undergraduate research project sponsored by UMD's Gemstone Honors Program. Road salts, though beneficial for melting ice and clearing roadways, can have a variety of negative impacts on the environment, infrastructure, and water supply. 

Our team is researching agro-based/chloride-free products in order to develop a more environmentally friendly anti-icer. Over the course of our LaunchUMD campaign which ends May 11th, we hope to raise $4500 for our project. This money will help us purchase supplies and materials to complete our testing, as well as cover any travel expenses. Our research would not be possible without this money, so we appreciate any donation that you can make. Thank you!

SDAB Dental Student Panel 4/27

The Student Dental Advisory Board will be hosting a dental
student panel, with two D1 students from UMB Dental School and two gap year students, all alumni of UMD. This is a great opportunity to learn more about UMB Dental School, gain information about the dental school application process, receive recommendations about helpful classes to take, and ask any questions.

Event Date: ThursdayApril 27, 2017
Event Start Time: 6:30 pm
Event End Time: 7:30 pm
Event Location: Jimenez Hall 2123
Contact Person: Jessica Ho
Contact Email:

INNOVATION IMMERSION COURSE - Study Trip to Silicon Valley & Pacific Northwest in August

The innovation immersion course outlined below has been described as the following: “a phenomenal learning experience,” “lifetime experience,” and a “great networking opportunity.” Through this course, students have made contacts and gained information that has significantly facilitated their job development. 

The course will visit Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area (San Jose, San Francisco, etc.). As a background, the study tour/course provides insights into how real-life companies have turned management strategies into sustained competitive advantages, as well as, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the innovation hotbeds of Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest.

Planned company visits include:
1) Nike: the world's largest supplier and manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel;
2) Facebook: biggest social network on the planet;
3) Amazon: leading e-retailer in the United States. Earth's most customer-centric company, allowing people to find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online.
4) Netflix: world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries
5) Google: world's most popular search engine and the most valuable brand;
6) Boeing: world's largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of both commercial jetliners and military aircrafts;
7) Electronic Arts: global leader in digital interactive entertainment;
8) Microsoft: largest provider of computer software and related services around the world;
9) Adidas: largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world;
10) Tesla: designer and manufacturer of the most advanced electric vehicles in the world;
11) Flextronics:  one of the world’s leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers with a network of facilities in 33 countries and over 230,000 employees.
12) Starbucks: world’s best-known coffee company.

Additional potential company visits include LinkedIn,, Intel, and Alaska Airlines.  Additionally, venture capital firms such as Greylock Partners are also possible.

The study tour will expose you to the infectious entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest area, as well as, provide you with better insights into the thinking, strategies, and perspectives of some of the world’s top players. You will come away with newfound energy, inspiration, important business contacts and ideas to enhance your future career.

The course takes students behind the scenes to reveal the factors underlying the remarkable success of companies recognized for their innovation.  Regardless of whether you plan to go work for a large company or start your business, you can learn a great deal by looking at the characteristics that make these companies successful. These include the abilities to innovate, adapt and grow, which are all crucial to keeping your career progressing.

By immersing yourself in the world of forward-looking companies and influential imaginative thinkers, you are able to tap into their unique perspectives and experiences, internalize the principles that drive innovation success, and immediately apply these insights to your own career development.

Students hear from employees who are developing and executing innovative management strategies and tour their company's’ facilities. During these visits, students interact extensively with company representatives.

Participants are able to network with industry experts and are provided a valuable opportunity for direct exposure to companies that use innovation as a competitive advantage. The study tour provides you with unique insights, views into trends and developments, and multiple networking opportunities.  Past participants have achieved significant entrepreneurial success and some participants have also gone on to receive internships or job offers from a number of the host firms.

Study trips are very different from trips that you would take as a tourist. During the trip, students participate in activities closely integrated with course content. This includes visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with government officials and senior executives, meeting with UMD graduates, and excursions to important landmarks. These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure.

Upon your return to campus, students are required to complete a range of class assignments including a final presentation, take home exam, and a course reflection. Once the students are selected for the course, we will identify a common set of meeting times.

Below are past comments from students completing the experience:

-- Choosing to participate on this trip was one of the best decisions I have made this year. Looking back on this great experience, I was given the opportunity to expand my understanding of innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship
-- I learned more in 10 days, than I have in most semesters.
-- I absolutely loved the trip. I gained so much knowledge that I have been trying to take back and apply to my life here. I have been reading and learning more about the Silicon Valley and its root.
-- The trip associated with this class was amazing. I'm so thankful Computer Science students were invited to take it.
-- What I learned on this trip could not have been replicated in a classroom setting. Visiting all the companies was a one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience. I have recommended this study trip to all my friends.
-- This course was a phenomenal experience. It allowed me to leave my comfort zone and see first hand what has allowed businesses to be so successful on the West Coast. We learn about companies competitive advantages, and through this course, I firmly believe these competitive advantages are formed because of the corporate culture that I was able to witness first- hand.
-- I learned more in one week than I do in some of my semester-long classes. Being exposed to companies first-hand like we were was a once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me extreme insight into why these companies are successful. It also gave me an opportunity to look more in depth to one of my favorite companies, which was fun and rewarding. This has been my favorite experience as a UMD student.
-- The study trip was a great opportunity for networking and seeing where UMD graduates have ended up in the business world. We got to visit great companies and it was great to have alumni give us tours and teach us about their roles in the company.
-- This course offered me a once in a lifetime experience to visit and meet with experienced employees in some of the top companies in the world. The combination of traditional assignments and real world experiences were well worth the extremely affordable cost of the trip
--  Really enjoyed this class and I think I learned more on the trip than I could have learned in any classroom. Hearing from the alumni was a great opportunity because I was able to see what Maryland students had accomplished with their degrees. Overall I would recommend any student I met to take this trip and experience this course.

The tentative start date is August 15th in Portland. The course will end August 23rd in the Bay Area. Students that have commitments starting August  24th (QUEST, orientation, etc.) will be able to take part in the trip. The program charge is estimated at $1,300-1,400 and includes hotel accommodations (3-4 per room), fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. This would be listed as a Fall 2017 course.  Airfare is not included and the estimated airfare is $350-500. 

Suggested flights will be provided later.

If you are interested in this course offering please send Dr. Mark Wellman an email ( expressing your interest. Provide a brief explanation outlining why you are interested.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UMD Marches for the Climate Saturday, April 29

Join UMD's Sustainability Committee, MaryPIRG, and other green groups around Maryland for the historic People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.!

We will be chartering two buses with limited seating and we will also have a coalition traveling by metro!

To receive email updates on UMD's coalition and learn where to sign up for the bus, fill out this form:

RSVP on facebook for more updates and to invite your friends:

Monday, April 24, 2017

SASE CIA information session 4/25 5:30-7:30pm

Get in on the Secret and join us for the last big STEM event of the semester!  An evening with the CIA:  Come learn the many ways that the CIA utilizes STEM backgrounds.  The program will include a brief overview of the Agency mission and internship/career opportunities.  A panel of engineers and technical officers will share their career experiences.   We will conclude with a networking session providing a great opportunity to meet your fellow STEM students and informally speak with the CIA officers.  Feel free to bring your resume.  Keep in mind that all interested applicants for the CIA must be a U.S. Citizen and undergo a lengthy employment and security clearance process. The event will be held at the Kim Engineering Building, with the panel in the Zupnik Lecture Hall (KEB 1110) and the Networking Session being held in the Rotunda afterwards. There will be free pizza and beverages provided during the networking session, as well as some giveaway items at the networking session after. If you have any questions, you may contact me at For information about our sponsors, visit for more details.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Undergraduate Research Day - Wednesday, April 26

We invite students, faculty, and staff to join in celebrating our undergraduates’ remarkable and varied research accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) poster presentation this coming WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP Student Union. We will have over 168 posters and hundreds of individual and team presenters.

URD is Maryland’s largest, most visible, and most diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments – come and learn from hundreds of team and individual presenters!

Where: Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

March for Science Trash Clean Up

When: April 22, 2017
Where: The National Mall, Washington, DC, meetup point TBA

On April 22, thousands of concerned citizens will march on the National Mall to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economy, and governments. Undoubtedly, there will be an immense amount of trash produced by this event. We want to help the environment by decreasing the pollution produced by the March for Science! Net Impact STEM will meet up at a designated location TBA after the march with trash bags and gloves to help pick up the trash everyone leaves behind.  If you are interested in volunteering please email us at netimpactumd.stem@gmail.comor text @umdnimpact to 81010. We will send you our meeting place and time as soon as we receive more information about the march route!

Help Team BioCHIPS

We are Team Biochips, and we need your help! We are a completely student- led research team who is working on a research project on optimizing the current gut-on-a-chip model to better quantitatively measure the effects of novel drug treatments for gut diseases. However, the materials and equipment needed to conduct this research is expensive, and we need your help to finish this project. Please donate to us through this link:

Any amount would be absolutely amazing! And, to learn more about us, please visit: