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University Honors Program


If you have any questions about the Honors Program, please contact our advising team:

Freshmen and sophomores (in UC):
Prof. Cheryl Foster, Associate Director
Lippitt Hall, Room 300H

Nancy Caronia, Honors Lecturer

Lippitt Hall, Room 303

Sophomores and above:
Deborah Gardiner, Program Coordinator
Lippitt Hall, Room 300A

Prof. Lynne Derbyshire, Director
Lippitt Hall, Room 300B

Any level student preparing for their Honors Project:
Prof. Carolyn Hames, Associate Director
Lippitt Hall, Room 300G
Click here for detailed information about the Honors Project.

Potential fellowships candidates:
Kathleen Maher

Assistant Director for National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities

Chair, Health Professions Advisory Committee
Lippitt Hall, Room 300C


Pre-health students:
Brian Clinton, Pre-Health Advisor/Lecturer

Lippitt Hall, Room 303

Kathleen Maher

Assistant Director for National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities

Chair, Health Professions Advisory Committee
Lippitt Hall, Room 300C



Congratulations, accepted students!

Notifications of Honors eligibility will be emailed mid-February.




Morgan Breene, '14, an Anthropology and History major who earned a highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites in the UK. (Watch this short video to learn more!)

Alyssa Neill, '14, a Nutrition & Dietetics major and Honors student was one of only 61 juniors nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2013. Selected for her academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to a career in public service, Alyssa received a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study, attended a Truman leadership institute, and has joined the ranks of a global network of Truman Scholars.

Juniors Christopher Bobba (Chemical Engineering/Biological Sciences) and Russell Dauksis (Marine Biology) who have been named as Goldwater Scholars, and to Farid Topchiev (Chemical Engineering and German) who has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention! See their URI Press release to learn more.

Brian Stack (senior History/Philosophy) who has received a prestigious Humanity in Action Fellowship!

URI Honors Student Megan O'Brien has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholarship to Iceland. Read more about Meghan's story here, and follow her blog!

Brittany O'Brien has been awarded a 2012 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Kenya for the fall semester. Brittany has also been granted an NSEP African Languages Initiative Summer Supplement to study Swahili at the University of Florida prior to her departure.

These six URI sophomores who won Hollings Scholarships from NOAA this year: Michael Canton, Eilea Knotts, Sarah Merolla, Benjamin Sevey, Callie Veelenturf and Brenton Wallin. Read more in their URI Press Release.

Farid Topchiev, who has been awarded two prestigious scholarships to study in Germany - the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship and the Whitaker Undergraduate Scholarship!












General inquiries:

Honors Director:
Lynne Derbyshire, 401.874.4732

Associate Director:
Cheryl Foster, 401.874.4022

Associate Director:
Carolyn Hames, 401.874.2813

Assistant Director:
Kathleen Maher, 401.874.5875

Program Coordinator:
Deborah Gardiner, 401.874.2303

Program Specialist:
Caitlin Green, 401.874.9483

Honors Lecturer/Advisor:

Nancy Caronia, 401.874.2267

Pre-Health Lecturer/Advisor:

Brian Clinton, 401.874.2576