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Call for Departmental Nominations for Graduate Diversity Awards 2015-2016

Nominations to Graduate School are due by 24 February 2015

The Graduate School invites departments to nominate students for Graduate School Diversity Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The nomination form is available at:

There are no limits to the number of nominations.

Eligibility and Terms of the Awards

These awards come in the forms of tuition scholarship and/or stipend.

Awards will be given to students who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents and members of one of the minority groups: Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. For more information, visit

Awards are given to qualified students from such groups in recognition of their achievement and promise as scholars, and are intended to enable students to pursue graduate studies and research.

The primary criteria by which nominees will be judged are demonstrated ability and promise of academic achievement. Letters of reference, cumulative grade point averages, scores on appropriate national tests where pertinent, personal statements of professional objectives, and other evidence of promise (e.g., publications, professional participation, etc.) will be reviewed and evaluated by the Committee in making its decision.

The 2015-2016 Awards will carry either a stipend comparable to that of a graduate assistant at the appropriate level for the academic semester and/or cover individual tuition, health insurance, 20% of graduate student fees for either or both the Fall and Spring semesters. An additional $100 will be paid towards the fees to partially offset the cost of the commuter parking fee, which the student will be responsible for paying.

Nominees for URI Graduate Diversity Awards must be students who are enrolled in a graduate program or will be fully enrolled in a graduate program by September 2015. Applicants for Fall 2015 admission who have not yet matriculated are eligible for nomination. Awardees are required to be full-time students (minimum of 9 credits per semester). Awards are for one academic year only, with the expectation that recipients will be subsequently supported by departmental and/or other funding sources, as arranged by the department, should this be necessary.

Information to be submitted with the nomination:

  1. A completed Nomination Form for each nominee available at:
  1. Letters of reference and supporting information.

    Nominees who are currently enrolled in a URI graduate program should have two letters in support of their nomination. The two letters may be written by any combination of referees from the following list: Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, the student's Major Advisor, or other faculty as might be appropriate. Nominees who are not yet matriculated students at URI should submit one letter of support from the Department Chair or a faculty member.

  2. Electronic or scanned copies of complete undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  1. The nominee's Statement of Professional Objectives (maximum of two pages).
  1. A curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages).
  1. Graduate Diversity Awards Eligibility Form available at:
  2. A statement from the Department Chair detailing the type and extent of support the department will provide to the nominee should he/she receive the award but not complete all degree requirements within the award year.

The criteria used by the committee to make their selections are posted on the following link:

Submit your complete nominations to no later than 4:30 pm on Tuesday 24 February 2015 . For submission instructions please visit We will be unable to accept nominations received after this time.

Awards will be announced by 31 March 2015, via email to the recipients, with copies to Department Chairs. The initial notices of award for the Diversity Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year will specify that the Diversity Award is contingent upon available funding and upon satisfactory academic progress at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 University of Rhode Island Graduate School Excellence in Doctoral Research Award


Dr. Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi
Department - Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dissertation Title - "Cyclic Peptides: Design, Characterization, Self-Assembly, and Applications as Nano Drug Delivery Systems"
Major Professor - Dr. Keykavous Parang


Dr. Adam Moore
Department - URI/RIC Education Program
Dissertation Title - "The Development and Validation of the Family Experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorders (FEASD) Scale"
Major Professor - Dr. Joanne Eichinger

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