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Our StarsEvery year, University undergraduates are awarded some of the most prestigious national awards. Here are links to full stories about a few of our national scholarship recipients, including the University's 2007 Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright, and NSF scholars.

Each year, students are selected and mentored by Honors Program faculty committees for participation in all major national scholarship competitions.

* Research, academic success earns URI student prestigious science scholarship

It would be easy to assume that Cranston resident Elana Viola can’t make up her mind about what career to pursue. After all, she is majoring in four different disciplines at the University – chemistry, mathematics, electrical engineering, and German. But she actually knows exactly what she wants to do, and those four majors are going to help her get there.

* Two URI students named Fulbright Scholars
One student heads to Mexico, the other to Germany

During her five years of undergraduate study at the University of Rhode Island, Sharon Ruggieri spent two months on an internship in Puerto Rico, six months studying in Spain, and six months interning in Mexico. After graduation in May with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and Spanish, the Cranston resident will return to Mexico for 10 months, this time as a Fulbright Scholar.

Melissa Lake, a URI senior from Phoenix, Ariz., majoring in English and German, was also named a Fulbright Scholar, the second year in a row that two URI students were so honored.

* Student awarded prestigious Udall Scholarship for environmental commitment

Rachael Gately has tended a flock of up to 50 sheep since elementary school, and she has won numerous national awards for her animals at livestock shows. She has worried, however, that much of the agricultural land around her hometown of Somers, Conn., and elsewhere has been disappearing, much of it converted to housing developments. That concern, along with her desire to work to preserve farmlands, has earned the URI junior the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, the nation’s most prestigious scholarship for students preparing for environmental careers.

* URI math student + NSF grant = research experience

Instead of working eight weeks at the pro shop at the Newport County Club this summer, Bridget Druken, a junior at URI, will be spending time with math pros at San Diego State University. Supported by a $3,000 National Science Foundation grant, the Newport resident will take part in an eight-week program designed to give its participants a clear understanding of the world of mathematical research through firsthand experience.

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