Future Students

We are looking forward to connecting with you at the events we are hosting. Events include group information sessions and special events offered by the college and the our wider URI community. 

Assistant Dean, Denise GorenskiContact

Coordinator, BSPS Experiential Education Liaison


Info Sessions & Events


Recorded Events

BSPS Faculty Hour Panel – Wednesday, April 17, 2024

BSPS Zoom Career Panel – Monday, October 23, 2023

March 17 – Plants to Drugs: Discover How Nature Powers Research at URI

Join us for a virtual tour of the Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Garden live from the College of Pharmacy greenhouse and a pharmacognosy research laboratory. Learn about plants that keep us healthy, from sources of molecules developed into pharmaceuticals to the origins of the ingredients in your herbal tea. Watch a demonstration of how whole plant extractions are done, and see the instruments that are used to identify and describe the individual constituents.

November 5 – From Plants to Pure Drugs (MOCK CLASS)

Instructor: Matt Bertin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Did you know that over 50% of the drugs used in our clinics come from natural sources such as plants, bacteria, and fungi? Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are very interested in finding new drugs from these natural sources. These scientists use very specific experiments to find and purify these potential  drugs. This lesson will teach you about some of these experiments and it will show the path from a plant to a pure drug.

Dr. Matt Bertin, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy is a “Natural Product Chemist” whose research laboratory tries to find new drugs from marine algae. He will showcase the machines and instruments in the College of Pharmacy that make it possible to go from a plant in the garden to a drug in a vial.

Virtual Tour

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    Join us for a 25 minute tour of Avedisian Hall. We start with Katelyn, one of our PharmD students, giving a general tour of the building before she hands off to Beth, one of the students in the BSPS program, who shows you around one of our research labs.

    Instructions: On a computer, use your mouse to rotate the video. On a mobile device, simply move it around and the view will follow where you are looking.

How can we help you?

We would love for you to visit our Kingston campus to meet our amazing students and faculty in Avedisian Hall. Take a look at our scheduled events or complete this form indicating what you are interested in learning about and someone will contact you.