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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
The 2014 recipients, pictured above, bring the total number of awardees, tallied since 1970, to 178.

2014 Awards

The winners of the 2014 Awards were honored by URI President Dooley and the URI community on May 14, 2014 during a ceremony at Swan Hall.  The four Foundation Excellence Award winners, Sara C. Hickox, Martin J. Bide, Nora N. Lewis, and J. Jennifer Jones, were joined by a number of other individuals selected for recognition by the URI Division of Research and Economic Development. To read about all of the 2014 recipients, please click here.

For more information on the URIF Excellence Awards, please contact Melissa De Palma at 401.874.4977 or

Pictured from left to right:  URIF President Mike Smith, Excellence Committee Chair Caroline Kaull, Bide, Hickox, Lewis, Jones and President Dooley.


Excellence Award Winners

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

Nomination Information

Click here to view the 2014 Call for Nominations. Nominations for the 2015 awards will open in January, 2015.

To view Excellence Awards' nomination requirements, click here.