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Arielle DeSouza ’16

When Arielle DeSouza was a little girl she loved all things French: the Chanel suits; the creamy Brie cheese; the famous Impressionists like Monet. Curiously, her language in high school was Spanish. She could have continued down that path at URI, but decided to take a risk and start learning French at the age of […]

Dwight Coleman

Dwight Coleman

When the 790-foot cargo ship El Faro sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall, federal investigators searching for the ship’s “black box” turned to URI’s Inner Space Center and its director Dwight Coleman. The telepresence technology the center uses to broadcast live underwater images from oceanographic research expeditions was vital in eventually locating […]

Robinson Fulweiler

Robinson Fulweiler ’03, ’07

Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has devoted much of the past 15 years to studying how our use of nitrogen—in fertilizers, for example—can cause harmful conditions, such as toxic algal blooms or ocean dead zones. “About 50 percent of us are alive because of the nitrogen in fertilizer that helps grow our food,” she says. “But this also […]

Andrew Burnap ’13

Just three years ago, Andrew Burnap was performing Shakespeare onstage at URI’s Robert E. Will Theatre. This summer, the recent Yale School of Drama grad took his acting skills to a somewhat larger venue—New York City’s Central Park—in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Troilus and Cressida.” Andrew spent a month in the title role of Troilus, a young […]

Ivy Burns

Ivy Burns ’16

Ivy Burns describes herself as an outdoorsy person who has always been fascinated with the natural world.  “I was that kid who would run around with a microscope looking at leaves, playing with spiders, always interested in the way things worked,” she said. Her enthusiasm for the natural world became focused primarily on plants during […]

Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson ’16

When people are hungry they look for food, but what happens to microorganisms in the ocean when they get hungry? Do they perish, live or grow? Sean Anderson answered those questions researching the feeding habits of heterotrophic protists—microscopic ocean plankton that are a critical link in the ocean food web. Working with Professor Susanne Menden-Deuer […]

Abby Miklitsch

Abbey Miklitsch ’16

Abbey Miklitsch grew up surrounded by nothing but land, and among the reasons she chose URI was its proximity to the beach. She made the most of her time near the water by minoring  in underwater archaeology and earning a scholarship to compete on the women’s varsity rowing team—even though she had never rowed before coming to URI. […]

Ryan Wichelns

Ryan Wichelns ’16

Ryan Wichelns plans to change the way longform journalism is delivered to the masses, an ambition matched in scale only by the mountains he has summited. He always knew he wanted to become a journalist, but it was his life-changing decision to join the staff of the University’s student newspaper, The Good 5-Cent Cigar, that helped […]

Alessandra Portukalian

Alessandra Portukalian ‘16

Alessandra Portukalian  When she entered the University of Rhode Island, Alessandra knew she wanted to study physical therapy and felt that the undergraduate major in kinesiology would best prepare her to succeed. “Through becoming a physical therapist I hope that I will be able to educate patients about their ailments, so they are able to […]

Zachary Caron

Zack Caron ’16

Zachary Caron was a chemistry whiz working in private industry and eager to work on a project that could thwart terrorism when he met Chemical Engineering Professor Otto Gregory. Together, they’ve created a sensor that detects triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, the explosive terrorists used in bombings in Brussels, Paris, and London. “It’s awesome working on […]

Elizabeth Koller

Elizabeth Koller ’16

Elizabeth Koller was a tinkerer as a kid, building everything from theater sets to tiny mousetrap cars. In high school, she excelled in math and science, fields often dominated by men. “I remember being at an engineering competition with 300 other students and the host of the awards ceremony thanked me for being the only woman […]

Catherine Seman Senior Profile

Catherine Seman ’16

Whether on the volleyball court or in the classroom, Catherine Seman has been nothing less than spectacular. She has achieved great success in the classroom, earning Dean’s List honors seven times. But what stands out most is her desire to help others. As a URI freshman, Catherine traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild homes destroyed […]