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Robinson Fulweiler

Robinson Faulweiler ’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 ...



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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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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 ...

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Alessandra Portukalian

Alessandra Portukalian ‘16

Alessandra Portukalian was a medical mystery for five years, until doctors at the Mayo Clinic finally diagnosed her with primary lymphedema, a congenital condition with no known cause or cure. “When I ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

Joseph Korzeb

Joseph Korzeb ’16

Even before he stepped foot on the URI campus, Joseph Korzeb was working to change his brain. Not through chemistry or science, but through language and experience. He has traveled the world, ...

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 ...

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Robby Delgado senior profile

Robby Delgado ’16

Robby Delgado always wanted to play football at URI. Whether he was attending games, participating in camps, or meeting the student-athletes, Robby had his mind set on playing football for ...


Sarah Ogundare

Sarah Ogundare ’16

While some students arrive at the University of Rhode Island unsure of the path their education will take, Sarah Ogundare knew global health was her destiny. “I’ve gone on mission trips ...

Ian Ross Senior Profile

Ian Ross ’16

When Ian Ross was growing up, he maintained the fish tanks in his home. From that beginning, he developed a interest that became his major and career choice.  “There’s a certain beauty ...

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Caitlin Runyon Student Commencement Speak

Caitlin Runyon ’16

Caitlin Runyon was suffering from sophomore slump when she walked through the Ram’s Den one day and saw a fellow student sitting alone in the depths of sadness. So she ...

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