Science and Engineering Fellows Program

Many students enrolled at URI excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and seek experiential learning opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems in a range of disciplines. Recognizing a need to foster the development of these skills in students from underrepresented cultural backgrounds, the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and the College of Engineering (ENG) partnered in 2012 to create the Science and Engineering Fellows Program hosted at the URI Outreach Center.

The Assistant Director for Student Diversity Initiatives works with CELS and ENG staff to recruit both students and faculty mentors for the program. Throughout the fellowship term, students gain hands-on experience working with research faculty or staff during the summer months and enroll in a fall semester course to enable them to communicate their projects to the university community. During the summer, Fellows also house together to build an interdisciplinary atmosphere and attend several professional development trainings.

Fellows leave the Science & Engineering Fellows Program prepared to enter the job market with the professional skills and training needed to succeed. Students also help to advance the research of their faculty and staff mentors while gaining invaluable experience.


When does the program start and how often do students work?

  • The program begins in May and lasts for 14 weeks
  • Fellows are paid hourly for up to 30 hours per week during the summer
  • On-campus housing is provided for students with a demonstrated need

How does the program continue through the fall?

  • Students enroll in the 2-credit hour class EVS 366 “Communicating Environmental Research and Outreach”
  • The course culminates in the presentation of a scientific poster reporting on the work of the fellowship to present in December to the university community

Who should apply?

  • Students who demonstrate excellent communication skills, work well with others, and express a willingness to engage in current research topics
  • Any interested undergraduate student; the student must be full-time through December of the program year

For questions, e-mail
Michelle Fontes-Barros at

We are now accepting applications for 2017!
The application deadline for students enrolled at other college/universities is Sunday, December 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
The application deadline for URI students is Friday, February 24th by 5:00 p.m.
For more information, download our flyer for more details and how to apply.