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URI Foundation Excellence Awards

The URI Foundation Excellence Awards were first established in 1970 to honor University staff members for their dedication and commitment.  The awards were later expanded to include additional categories of individuals who demonstrated excellence in their respective areas and whose work positively impacted the entire University community.

Each year, following an extensive nomination process led by a member of the URI Foundation Executive Board, four individuals representing the following areas are chosen to receive Excellence Awards:

  • Scholarly Excellence
  • Teaching Excellence
  • Staff Excellence
  • Administrative Excellence

2013 Winners

The winners of the 2013 Excellence Awards (shown above with President Dave Dooley and URIF President Mike Smith) were honored during a special University-wide excellence ceremony that also included additional University staff selected by other divisions/entities on campus. President Dooley presided over the ceremony, which was held in May, at  Swan Hall.  Foundation Excellence Award recipients were presented with certificates and a $2,000 cash stipend in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the URI community.

To read about the winners of the Foundation awards as well as the other campus awards, click here.

2014 Awards

Nominations are now being accepted. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 7th at 4:00 p.m.  No nominations will be accepted after that time. See links on the right for nominations requirements and other information.  

For more information contact Meredith Drozd at 401.874.4977 or



Excellence Award Winners

For a complete historical listing of winners since 1974, click here.

2014 Nomination Information

Click here for our Call for Nominations.

To view Excellence Awards' nomination requirements, click here.