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University Honors Program

Early Registration

Before you do anything else, please make sure that you meet all of the requirements for early registration. Then do the following:

1) Click here and fill out the Plan of Study that opens in a new window:
Even if you filled out a program of study in a previous semester, you have to complete the form again. Sorry if this seems redundant--it is, but that is the price of early registration.
You can complete the form electronically or manually--your choice. If you want to submit electronically, make sure you first save the form with a new file name to your desktop (POS_your last name), then fill it out, save it again (for your records) and send it as an email attachment to If you do not follow these steps, we will receive a blank document. You can also print out the form, fill it out in pen, and drop it off in Lippitt. Either way is fine, just get the completed form to us by September 28, 4:00pm.

2) Get honors advising:
Click here to get your Advising Form.
You can either attend one of the group advising sessions in Lippitt (see schedule below), or you can make an individual appointment on e-Campus to see Walter von Reinhart, the honors advisor in Roosevelt Hall.
If you attend a group advising session, make sure to sign the attendance sheet. There is no need to get a signature on the advising form, then. If you already attended a group advising session in the spring, there is no need to attend another session now. Please mark "attended spring meeting" on your advising form" and you will not have to attend a group advising meeting this fall (word of honor, cross my heart, swear to die, .... )
Walter's advising hours in University College for the fall are: Mondays and Fridays: 10:15 to 11:30, Wednesdays 11:30 to 12:45. To make an appointment, log on to e-Campus, go to the "advisement" module, click on "make an appointment." On the screen that opens up, click on the far right tab "pre-profession / honors", select "honors" and select "WvR" as an advisor on the pull-down list.
If all else fails, please contact Deborah Gardiner at 874-2303 and make an advising appointment with her.

3) Get academic advising in your major:
Make an appointment with your academic advisor in your major--now! It may be a while before your advisor has an open appointment slot. If you do not have a major yet, see an advisor in University College (Roosevelt Hall). Make sure your advisor signs your advising form. Even if your advisor does not make specific recommendations for major courses you should take in the spring, advisor--as long as you get her or his signature, you have met the requirement.

4) Drop off your advising form in the Honors Program Office (300 Lippitt) by September 28, 4:00pm.

Deadline for Early Registration for Spring 2013

Friday, Sept. 28, 4:00pm:

Completed Advising Form and completed Plan of Study submitted in Honors Program Office

We can give no extensions to this deadline. If you miss it, your enrollment date will be moved back and there is nothing we can do about that.

Group Advising Sessions

All advising sessions take place in the Honors Conference Room (Lippitt 302D, right behind the Student Lounge).
  • Monday, September 17, 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 18, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 19, 4:00pm
  • Thursday, September 20, 11:00am
  • Friday, September 21, 10:00am

  • NEWS:

    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