Welcome From The Honors Director

The URI Honors experience will provide you with the ability not only to take interdisciplinary dynamic courses developed with you in mind, but also to gain hands-on opportunities to engage in innovative research. Our undergraduate students regularly find themselves working alongside faculty as they examine new and emerging trends and develop their work in both the sciences and humanities. As the Honors Program Director, I want to welcome you to URI’s Honors Program. We are an interdisciplinary and innovative community that provides honors eligible undergraduates with a collaborative collegial environment. We offer small, interactive classes with nationally recognized faculty. The individualized attention that undergraduate students receive allow the Honors staff and faculty to get to know you personally, and to provide you with the advising, support, and guidance you need based on your individual goals and interests.

As part of your Honors curriculum, the Honors Project allows you to work with a faculty mentor of your choosing on a research or creative semester long project. Intellectually and creatively, this project is whatever you dream it to be. It can assist you in preparing for graduate studies or work in a professional field. Recent projects have examined marriage and genderbreast and ovarian cancerliteracy and technologycultural competency as a tool of social justice, and how to create the perfect golf putter. The project culminates in an end-of-year daylong undergraduate research conference where the entire URI community, including faculty, deans, and the Provost, listen to Honors students share their work. To see a complete list of Honors Projects, go to URI’s Digital Commons@URI and be inspired by the Honors students’ innovation, imagination, and determination.

But there is more! No matter your interests or majors, the Honors Program can assist you as you earn your undergraduate degree. Recent graduates who completed the Honors Program have gone on to medical school, have become Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarship recipients, received full year Fulbright scholarships, become engineers and pharmacists and researchers. Many others go on to pursue graduate degrees in education, global studies, and other professional fields. The Pre-Health Professions Advising Program and the Office of National Fellowships are also housed in the Honor Program for all undergraduates interested knowing more about pre-health, pre-med, and grants, scholarships, and fellowship opportunities.

There are no limits to what you can accomplish. Dream Big! We welcome you to explore all that our faculty and students have to offer you.

– Dr. Derbyshire

Think Big We Do

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