Summer 2024


URI researchers are working to diagnose, treat, and prevent Alzheimer’s—and investigating the factors that can help keep our brains healthy as we age.


URI’s Impact on Biomedical Sciences

In Rhode Island and Beyond

From the president

  • Two excited female URI students flanking Rhody Ram on the quad Big Ideas. Bold Plans. - Thank you, URI! URI's comprehensive campaign surpassed its goal of $300 million before its official end date of June 30.
  • Ronan Himelrick '24 wearing a suit and blue tie standing in front of a URI ram statue Choosing Challenge - The Class of 2024 started college in the midst of the pandemic. Cigar staffer Ronan Himelrick ’24 reflects on the experience.
  • Professor of astrophysics Doug Gobeille standing at night in a sweatshirt and beanie, pointing up to the star-filled sky Lessons Designed With Wonder in Mind - In Doug Gobeille’s astrophysics courses, work feels like play and lessons inspire wonder.


The Art of Research

URI Research and Scholarship Photo Contest

See The Winning Photos


“Wave” by Corey Favino ’18

Scenic Route

“Charlestown Dock” by Brad Sherman ’88

The story behind the photo

Caption This

black and white photo of a female swim instructor sitting on a dock demonstrating the forward stroke to three young women in swim caps in the water below

Caption Contest, Summer 2024

Do you have a funny idea for a caption for this photo from a vintage URI yearbook?

Submit your caption by August 15, 2024.

ENter your caption
A group of people gaze upward

Winning Captions, Spring 2024

“Though impressive at the time, the first laser pointers were inefficient and cumbersome to use by today’s standards.”
—Jon Gaboriault ’88

“Klaatu barada nikto.”
—Luke Blanchette ’07

Spring 2024 Winning Entries


“Convergence” by Dinusha Senarathna


URI physics doctoral student Dinusha Senarathna captured more than 150 photos of the April 8 solar eclipse and created this collage to show the entire phase transition. He took the photos around URI’s Kingston Campus, which experienced 90% totality during the rare astronomical event.

Senarathna is originally from Sri Lanka. He is a fourth-year Ph.D. student doing research in nonlinear physics and ultrafast spectroscopy. “It’s incredible to think that photons traveling across the galaxy can be captured by a camera sensor, producing beautiful images of stars, galaxies, and more,” says Senaratha. He adds, “My interest in capturing celestial events was sparked by my first solar eclipse experience back home in 2010, and since then, I have been eager to create my own collection of such events.”