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University Honors Program

Senior Honors Project

The Senior Honors Project offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research and creative endeavor of mutual interest. This arrangement fosters intellectual growth and provides the capstone experience for students completing the Honors Program requirements. Students present their completed projects at the annual Spring Undergraduate Research Conference. For students graduating in December, special arrangements are made to give them an opportunity to present their projects. Grant funding for projects is available through the Honors Program and Office of the Provost on a competitive basis and for selected topic areas.

Holly Krohn presents her Senior Honors Project during Research Day 2009

For their Senior Honors Projects, students have produced videos; mounted photography, sculpture, and art exhibits; written poetry manuscripts and scientific papers; practiced nursing in the Dominican Republic; done field research in California and explored topics from hunger to the unsolved mystery of the yawn. A complete description of the project requirements can be found in the Senior Honors Project Handbook. Be sure to look at the abstracts linked below for great ideas and inspiration!
Before you can start working on your Senior Honors Project, you must download, complete, and submit a hard copy of the Senior Honors Proposal and Application to the Honors Program Office in Lippitt Hall, Room 300

Click the following links for more information:
Titles of 2009 Senior Honors Projects
Abstracts and complete text of Senior Honors Projects from 2007 to 2011
Senior Honors Project Handbook (.pdf)
Senior Honors Project Proposal and Application Form(.pdf)

Click here for information about funding opportunities for your project.

Information on Institutional Review Board

Senior Honors Project Budget Form - Required in order to be considered for funding!


Announcing: Spring 2014 courses!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following students:


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!










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

General inquiries: