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We will be holding orientation for all incoming graduate students starting this Fall as well as those who started this past Spring or Summer.

Orientation will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Science Ryan Family Auditorium (CBLS 100) on Tuesday September 8, 2015. The program begins promptly at 9:30AM, registration starts at 8:45AM-9:30AM.

Immediately following this important meeting, the Graduate Students Association (GSA) will be hosting a Luncheon (location TBA).

All new graduate students should plan to attend!


Welcome to the Graduate School

Dean Nasser Zawia

Welcome to the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island, a university that is experiencing unprecedented growth and development. In the last five years, URI has enhanced its research and teaching infrastructure by adding a new building for the Center of Biological and Life Sciences (CBLS), a new College of Pharmacy building, and Center for Forensic Chemistry that is nearing completion. In addition voters in 2014, approved a new Engineering Complex. Collectively, these investments amount to more than 350 million dollars. In addition to State funded capital assets, URI also received major gifts to form the Harrington School for Media and Communications and the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience. Needless to say these are exciting times at URI and for Graduate education.

At the University of Rhode Island we welcome big thinkers with bright minds to work with our world renowned faculty and study with exceptional student colleagues. A pervasive spirit of inquiry thrives on this campus, enabling us to produce knowledge and scholarship that is relevant and in demand globally. Whether you seek to study oceanography, psychology, English literature, or you are interested in some of our professional or certificate programs, rest assured that our faculty will challenge you to take charge of your education, think big, and make the most of your time in and out of the classroom. I strongly encourage you to consider the University of Rhode Island as you apply to graduate school and I hope to welcome you to our community of scholars in this special place.

Nasser H. Zawia, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School


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Congratulations to the winner of the
2015 University of Rhode Island Graduate School Excellence in
Doctoral Research Award

Dr. Maryjo Brounce
Department - Graduate School of Oceanography
Dissertation Title - "A Geochemical Investigation of Oxygen Fugacity in the Marianas Subduction Factory"
Major Professor - Dr. Katherine Kelley