Sea Services Symposium

The inaugural URI Sea Services Symposium will foster and promote the linkage between the Sea Services (U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the University of Rhode Island as a top maritime center of excellence and education.


The symposium will serve to expand URI students, and also, Rhode Island Community College and high school students’ familiarity with sea service missions, career paths, and benefits. The symposium will also showcase opportunities available through URI maritime-related degree programs.

Symposium Hosts: The URI Dept. of Marine Affairs, and the Military and Veteran Education Center.

Place: URI Kingston Campus: Edwards Hall and the Quadrangle

Activities and Events

  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Service recruiting and information booths, service displays and demonstrations, and student and active-duty sea service personnel interaction on the Quad and in Edwards Hall lobby.
  • 10:30 – 11:50 a.m. — Keynote and URI, sea service, and Blue Economy industry partners in Edwards Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. — Grand prize free raffle drawing and announcement

Key Speakers



  • Bob Flynn, CDR, USN (Ret.), Director, Military and Veterans Education Center,
  • Dave Hill, CAPT, USCG (Ret.), Marine Affairs Dept,

Parking: URI Alumni Center (Lot 2) and Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center (Lot 1) parking lots (see Campus Map)


URI Sea Services Blue Economy
Marine Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Academy Admissions General Dynamics/Electric Boat
Marine Biology U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting Office – Providence Northeast Maritime Institute
Shark Camp/Research U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Div. 7, Pt. Judith Flotilla) RI Sea Grant
Coastal Society Chapter U.S. Marine Corps World Oceans School
Ocean Engineering U.S. Navy – Recruiting Warm Winds Surf Shop
Graduate School of Oceanography  NOAA – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Office of National Fellowships & Academic Opportunities NUWC – U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center  SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Education – Surf Therapy, J-Term   Foth Infrastructure and Environmental LLC
Marine Operations – Research Vessel Endeavor   Jaia Robotics, Inc.
Environment and Natural Resource Economics   Williams-Mystic – The Coastal and Ocean Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport Museum
Office of Admissions   Sea Education Association
Environment and Natural Resource Economics   Save the Bay
URI Online   IYRS
Office of the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology    

Special thanks to General Dynamics/Electric Boat for sponsoring the inaugural Sea Services Symposium.