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University Honors Program

Program Overview


The University Honors Program is home to a community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to academic excellence, artistic creativity, and intellectual curiosity. Members of the Honors Program share a passion for learning, an appreciation of the arts, and a strong involvement in their communities. They pursue knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, broaden their intellectual horizon, and seek out engaging experiences that complement their education. Students and faculty in the program are committed to improving themselves, the lives of others, and the state of our world. They study the important issues facing our society and seek innovative solutions to the problems they encounter.

Eligibility

To be eligible to take an Honors course in your first semester freshman year, eligibility is based on your high school GPA and SAT scores.  For freshmen entering in the fall of 2015, students who meet the following eligibility requirements will be invited to participate in Honors once admitted to the university:

  • By earning a cumulative high school GPA of 3.80 or higher
  • OR
  • By earning a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher AND a combined SAT score of 1200 or higher in Critical Reading and Mathematics (or the ACT equivalent score or 27).

To begin or continue to participate in the Honors Program once here at URI, eligibility is based on your cumulative URI GPA: The Honors Program is open to all continuing URI students with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.  Students who earn 3.30 at URI can begin taking Honors courses as early as their second semester at the university or in their second year and beyond.

Eligible students may take as many or as few honors courses as they wish.  They have the option to explore the Honors Program and take only those courses that strongly interest them, or to complete the full program with 18 credits (6 courses) as specified in the below requirements.

 

Completion requirements

Students who meet all of the following requirements will receive a notation on their transcript that they have "completed the University Honors Program":

Class of 2015 or later

Students who began their studies at URI in the fall of 2011 or later must complete at least 18 credits in honors. They must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher overall and in their honors courses.Their honors credits must include:

  • One Honors Seminar at the 100/200 level,
  • One Honors Colloquium HPR 201 or HPR 202,
  • One Honors Tutorial at the 300/400 level,
  • One Honors Senior Project HPR 401,
  • One Honors Senior Seminar (HPR 411 or 412)
    • Or Honors Senior Project 2 (HPR 402)
  • the remaining credits (3) in honors may be taken at any level.

Class of 2014

Students who began their studies at URI in the fall of 2010 or the spring of 2011 must complete at least 15 credits in honors. They must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher overall and in their honors courses.Their honors credits must include:

 

  • One Honors Seminar at the 100/200 level,
  • One Honors Colloquium HPR 201 or HPR 202,
  • One Honors Tutorial at the 300/400 level,
  • One Honors Senior Project HPR 401,
  • One Honors Senior Seminar (HPR 411 or 412)
    • Or Honors Senior Project 2 (HPR 402)
All graduating students who have completed the University Honors Program are recognized at the annual Honors Convocation in May.

Click here for detailed information about the Senior Honors Project.

FALL 2014 NEWS:

Welcome, new students!

Welcome, Nancy Caronia, new Honors lecturer/advisor!

 

CONGRATULATIONS:

 

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. Read more in the URI Press Release.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US

General inquiries:
URIhonors@etal.uri.edu

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