Student Resources

Student Organizations

Below are some of the many opportunities in CELS for you to get involved with your college community, make connections with your faculty and peers, and enhance your academic experience.

CELS Student Ambassador Program

The CELS Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for CELS students who wish to share their student experience with fellow students and the community. CELS Ambassadors provide campus tours and information meetings with prospective students, connect with CELS freshman, and represent their majors at University recruitment events. Applications to become an ambassador will be due in March.
Contact: Kimberly Anderson, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs,

Coastal Society

Join forces with your colleagues in an international society that addresses technical, policy, educational, and management issues that relate to coastal areas. The heart of the mission of The Coastal Society (TCS) is to foster dialogue, forge partnerships, and promote communication and education around these issues.

Geology Club

Geology club is open to any and all URI students interested in our earth and beyond. Students do not have to be a geology major to join! Weekend trips, tutoring, camping, and hiking, movie nights, terrarium building, paint nights, events at the planetarium, outreach opportunities, and more!
Facebook: URI Geology Club
Instagram: @urigeoclub

Marine Science Society

This society is made up of a fellowship of budding scientists and students interested in marine life, the ocean, conservation, etc. This group is both professional and social, as they do activities to enrich and further their education while building relationships with their fellow students. They often go on trips to aquariums, into the field, and to local marine-related places.
Facebook:URI Marine Science Society
Instagram: @URI_Marinesciencesociety

Science And Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to positively impact Rhode Island’s Youth? Consider becoming a mentor for this after school academic enrichment program for students in fourth through twelfth grades. The purpose of The SMILE Program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented and other educationally underserved students who graduate high school well-prepared to enter higher education and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM). Please note that students can also receive NRS 397 credits for this experience.

SIGMA ALPHA Professional Agricultural Sorority

Cultivating professional women. Advancing agriculture.
Instagram: @sigmaalphauri

SIGMA XI: International Honor Society Of Science And Engineering

This is an international, multidisciplinary community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, to promoting public engagement with science, and to fostering the next generation of researchers. Sigma xi offers members professional development training, leadership opportunities, research/grant/scholarship opportunities, and access to a myriad of necessary career development resources.
Grants in Aid of Research Program:
Contact: Dr. Evan Preisser,

Seeds Of Success (SOS)

Seeds of Success (SOS) is a student run organization focused on helping underrepresented CELS students attain a holistic educational experience at URI. Our long-term aim is for students to succeed academically, professionally, and socially by providing a physical and social space within which they can develop a sense of community, as well as leadership and team building skills both at URI and in their next phase of life. We do this by providing research/scholarship opportunities hosting educational/career seminars, and creating safe spaces for members to foster community within the organization.
Contact: Aura Fajardo Grandidge, Assistant Dean CELS/Diversity, Recruitment and Retention,

Society For Women In Marine Science

The Society for Women in Marine Science brings together marine scientists of all career levels to discuss the diverse experiences of women in marine science, celebrate the research done by women in the field, and promote the visibility of women in the marine science community.  Our first local chapter was established in 2016 at the University of Rhode Island!
Facebook: @societyforwomeninmarinescience

Women In Stem

As women in predominantly male fields, it is our duty to each other to stick together and support one another. This group is an open forum for all women to tell their stories, to give advice on how to thrive in academia and the workplace, to comfort one another, and to support one another, with the ultimate goal being to empower each other moving into the future. We are stronger together.
LinkedIn Group: URI’s Women in STEM
Facebook: URI Women in STEM
Instagram: @uri_women_in_stem