Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship - For Pell Grant Recipients / US Citizens

Are you thinking about studying abroad in summer 2018 of academic year 2018-19? Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)?

Learn about the GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP, which provides up to $5,000 for study abroad students with financial need who receive Pell Grants.  In the last two years, 58 University of Maryland students won Gilman Scholarships—a 45% acceptance rate!  The deadline to apply for summer 2018 and fall/academic year 2018-19 awards is March 6, 2018.

Get an early start and learn from NSO staff about the Gilman program and the application process. Please RSVP to let us know which session you plan to attend: If you are interested but cannot attend one of these sessions, let us know and we can arrange a time to meet with you individually.
Monday, December 4, 4:00-4:30 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 5, 12:00-12:30 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 5, 4:30-5:00 pm, 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, December 6, 12:00-12:30 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30-5:00 pm, 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, December 7, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, December 7, 5:00-5:30 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 8, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, 1201 Marie Mount Hall

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 3 weeks - Must have FAFSA demonstrated financial need and be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2018
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 3 weeks in length.

The National Scholarships Office and
The Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Maryland, College Park

Fulbright Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates (US citizens) - Info Sessions 12/4-8

US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These expenses-paid summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (Us citizens, aged over 18, see eligibility details below), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three or four week academic and cultural summer program.

Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. Please note: this program gives preference to students who have had little or no study or travel outside of the US.

Attend a National Scholarships Office info session to learn more!

Monday, December 4, 4:30 - 5:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 5, 12:30 - 1:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, December 6, 10:00-10:30 am, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 8, 12:30 - 1:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall

PLEASE RSVP to indicating the session you plan to attend.

The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. 

Summer Institutes available for US students:

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be US Citizens; have a GPA of 3.7 or higher; be 18 or older; have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes. Please note: this program gives preference to students who have had little or no study or travel outside of the US.

Application deadline is February 7, 2018 at 11.59pm EST.

Learning Assistance Service workshops 12/4 & 12/6

Don't miss these final workshops of the semester!

All workshops are held 4:15-5:15 pmin 2202 Shoemaker.

Save Your Semester
Monday, 12/4

Finals: Stress Less
Wednesday, 12/6

Click here to check out our Fall 2017 schedule, or here to signup for a workshop.

If you missed our "10 Tips for Academic Success" workshop, don't worry.  You can access them from the Resources section of our website.

Learn How to Fix Your Cracked SmartPhone Screen: DCC Screen Repair Workshop

Are you interested in the art of repair? Do you have a cracked phone screen that needs replacement? Does a workshop learning about fixing practices and ways to maintain your technologies sound like fun? Join DCC and the Sustainable Technologies Project for a screen repair workshop in the DCC Lab (PFH 0111) on Thursday, December 7th at 3:00pm! You bring your mobile device and a replacement screen, and we'll provide the tools, knowledge, and confidence boosting to help you fix your own technology.

This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the Honors College, but space is limited to the first 10 people to sign up at

This is our last workshop of the semester, but we'll be holding more workshops next year in the Spring! If you've always wanted to learn more about the art of repair but didn't know where to start, this is the perfect opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to start fixing other technologies you may have! Sign up today!

Research Opportunity in the DSCN Lab at UMD

The Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience (DSCN) lab (directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay) is
looking for bright, detail-oriented undergraduate students to assist with multiple behavioral and
fMRI studies investigating social cognition in children and adults. RAs in the DSCN lab will gain
hands-on experience with neuroimaging, behavioral, and developmental methods, which can
increase the value of one’s graduate school application. Class credit will also be made available
to those interested and qualified. Initially, RAs will be involved in participant recruitment and data
entry. Contingent upon performance, RAs will have the opportunity to become involved in more
advanced research tasks in the lab.

Initial Responsibilities:
- Participant recruitment: calling and scheduling participants over the phone and
via e-mail
- Data entry: entering experimental data into Microsoft Excel and SPSS
- Data coding: coding participant questionnaires, standardized assessments, and
participant videos
- Data organization: compiling and filing datasets; day-to- day lab maintenance
Advanced Tasks (Performance contingent)
- Stimuli creation: preparing stimulus materials (i.e., creating and editing videos)
- Data collection (behavioral and fMRI): setting-up and running behavioral
studies; assisting with the acquisition of fMRI data at the Maryland
Neuroimaging Center (located a couple blocks off the College Park campus)
- Opportunity to perform data processing and analysis (i.e., on fMRI, DTI, and
behavioral data)
All Semesters
- Participating in weekly lab meetings (one hour)
Required skills
- Academic background in psychology, neuroscience, or computer science
- Minimum GPA of 3.3
- Experience working with children
- Strong communication skills
- Moderate comfort level working with Mac computers and their applications

In addition to these skills, the ideal applicant should also be...
- Detail-oriented
- A great problem-solver
- Keenly interested in social development and developmental neuroscience
- Able to work independently
- A motivated and self-directed learner
- Child friendly!
Commitment Length
- 2 semesters preferred
How to Apply
If interested, please e-mail the following to
1) A copy of your resume/CV
2) Your unofficial transcript
3) Completed DSCN RA application

More information about the lab is available online at our website:


Gamer Symphony Fall 2017 Concert Saturday, December 2nd starting at 12:30pm in Dekelboum Hall at the Clarice

Organization: Gamer Symphony Orchestra
Event: Gamer Symphony Orchestra Fall 2017 Concert
Date/Time: Saturday, December 2nd, 12:30pm. Dekelboum Hall @ The Clarice

Come join the Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO) in a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the art of video game music! We will be performing music from a variety of different games, including pieces from Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Ace Attorney, Overwatch, and more!

Admission is completely FREE! However, tickets are REQUIRED in order to reserve a seat. Tickets
can be reserved on the Clarice's website:
Can’t make it to the concert? We will have a livestream on our Twitch page!


Congressional Internship Tips Workshop

Free workshop on How to obtain and succeed at Congressional Internships and on Congressional Committees, featuring a panel of fabulous UMD Alumni!!

Congressional Internship Tips Workshop:
  • WHEN:  Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00-7:30PM (just come when you can!  Drop-ins are welcome)
  • WHERE: 2407 Marie Mount Hall
  • RSVP here
Pizza and drinks will be served (Pizza)!!!  Please RSVP so that we can get a good head count.  

Don't worry if you have to leave early or will be late - just come and get as much as you can.

Congressional internships offer a GREAT way to get incredibly valuable experience. There will be amazing opportunities in congress to see how things get done, how things change. Learn how people can get their voices heard!  Congressional experience looks great on your resume.

You'll have experience in hearing the voice of the people, in seeing how policy gets made.
Remember: you are all the future! Empower yourself to make change happen.  Learn how to advocate from the inside track!

Then, if you seek to make change from the outside, you will know what happens on the inside--where your petitions land, etc.!

Students Ending Slavery

This week is our last meeting of the semester! We are kicking off an exciting social media campaign with help from our friends Dressember. The organization uses dresses to spread awareness on human trafficking and sex slavery. Please come dressed in a dress or business casual, and we will take pictures of everyone for our social media campaign. There will also be a presentation by Dressember. The meeting is Thursday at 5:30pm inJimenez 1124.

We have one more volunteer opportunity this semester with the SAFE Center. The SAFE Center has finalized its donation closet location at last, and wants to enlist help from any interested volunteers to clean the donated items and organize them in their new set up onSaturday, December 2. This project takes place from 9am to 2pm. Sign up in this Google form!

These are the last two events of the semester. It has been a wonderful experinece working with you all to make an impact in our community and the world. We hope to see you back next semester!

Info about summer research opportunity at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

There is an exciting summer research opportunity at the University of Maryland School of Medicine for sophomores and juniors in science, math, and engineering study fields. The program includes 10 weeks of biomedical research mentored by faculty at the School of Medicine and enrichment experiences throughout the summer. A stipend is included. The program is an excellent opportunity for those interested in biomedical research and interested in pursing MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degrees. Please RSVP here:

There will be an information session Thursday November 30 in Edward St. John, room 1202 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The session is open to all undergraduates interested in summer biomedical research opportunities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) at the UMB campus located in Baltimore City. Those considering pursuing future Graduate, MD, PhD, MD-MS or MD-PhD, or other health profession degrees are highly encouraged to attend. Program Leaders from UM SOM, UMCP and MPowering the State will be in attendance. UM SOM Office of Student Research (OSR) Directors will lead the session.

Invitation to participate competition from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Last chance for registration until 3 December 2017!!!

Invitation to participate in Chula International Innovation Challenge For Community(CIIC)

We, Engineering Student Committee, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, would like to sincerely invite you to participate in CIIC.

Chula International Innovation Challenge For Community (CIIC), organized by Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), is a competition which opening for engineering students from various university worldwide to design a product or innovation to solve the problems  for community in Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi Province, Thailand. Apart from the competition, there are other activities such as cultural exchange among competitors. We believe that this would be a memorable time for you.

CIIC will be held from 20th January 2018 (Saturday) to 25th January 2018 (Thursday) at Chulalongkorn University Saraburi Campus. For further information on registration, please see in the registration link ( or in the attached document.

If you require more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by direct message to facebook page: CIIC - Chula International Innovation Challenge For Community ( or by email at We look forward to welcoming you at CIIC. Don’t forget to like our page on facebook to keep contact with us.

Your Faithfully,

Engineering Student Committee, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

2018 Maryland Summer Scholars Program - Information Sessions - through 12/7

Francis DuVinage, Director - Blakely Mulder, Coordinator -

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides opportunities for University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) undergraduates to spend much of the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research, scholarly, or artistic projects. The MSS program provides awards of $3,000 to approximately 25-30 undergraduates each summer.

Many Summer Scholars expand their summer research into an independent study or honors thesis project the following autumn semester, and find that their research experience helps distinguish their applications for graduate study, fellowships, internships, employment and other competitive opportunities.

Maryland Summer Scholars (MSS) may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel for an extended period of time to off campus locations (not to include regular commuting) may submit a travel supplement request as directed in the online application form. Travel supplements will not exceed $1,000.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply for an MSS award: if you have earned 12 or more UMD course credits (not including AP or IB credits) by the date of the application deadline; if you have a cumulative UMD GPA of 3.40 or higher by the date of the application deadline; and if you expect to receive your undergraduate degree no earlier than December 2018. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2018 awards will be 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous 30-minute information sessions about the summer 2018 MSS program. Please note the *room number* for the session you plan to attend, and RSVP to: 
Thursday, November 30 from 10:30-11:00 am -1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 30 from 11:00-11:30 am -1201 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 5 from 5:00-5:30 pm -1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, December 7th from 4:00-4:30 pm -1201 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 8th from 12:00-12:30 pm -1201 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 12th from 1:30-2:00 pm -1201 Marie Mount Hall

Friday, December 1 from 4:00-4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, December 4 from 12:30-1:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, December 4 from 4:00 pm-4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, December 5 from 12:30-1:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
WednesdayDecember 6 from 12:30-1:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
ThursdayDecember 7 from 12:30-1:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Detailed information about the MSS program, and instructions on completing applications can be found on the MCUR website at: 

Important Tax Information: Please note that MSS awards are subject to taxation as personal income, and awardees should plan accordingly; tax withholding may apply. 

HHMI Undergraduate Fellowship Applicants Please Note: Students applying for Summer 2018 funding through the HHMI Undergraduate Fellowship program will be considered for Summer 2018 MSS awards automatically, through the HHMI application process. All MSS eligibility requirements must be met by applicants considered through the HHMI application process. Eligible students who wish to have their Summer 2018 HHMI research proposals considered for an MSS award do not need to submit a separate MSS application.

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the UMD Division of Research, UMD Schools and Colleges, and the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Rese