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Dr. Robert Ballard (in yellow jacket) launches "Hercules," a remotely operated vehicle, over the side of the NOAA research vessel "Ronald H. Brown" on 5/30. He has reached the site of the Titanic shipwreck and will begin photographing and mapping the site with this ROV by nightfall.

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We are global thinkers with a real-world sensibility, offering part- and full-time programs of study to accommodate your schedule. Small classes, personalized programs and individual attention are the rule, not the exception. And 87 percent of URI’s faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees.

Research and field work opportunities abound at URI with many programs offering experiential learning at some of the country’s leading companies. And URI’s location offers you access to major East Coast cities and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Call for Nominations for Graduate Awards

The Graduate School invites departments to nominate students for Graduate School Tuition Scholarships, Fellowships, and Diversity Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2018. More information »

Lauren Benoit pets a shark

Grad Spotlight: Lauren Benoit ’16, MO ’17

It’s kind of a love-hate thing with sharks for most of us.

Although “Jaws” is a perennial favorite on scariest film lists and the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” posts record-breaking viewership year after year, our fondness for sharks wanes in open water.

Not, though, for Lauren Benoit. She’d be the one in the water filming them.

Benoit, who has a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s in oceanography, will spend this year traveling the world, filming sharks with different production companies and internationally known underwater cinematographers. She’s already worked on a “Shark Week” episode to air later this year.

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