The University of Rhode Island Student Senate gave recognition to a new student organization and co-sponsored an event in one of their shortest meetings of the year last night.

Student Organization Advisory Review Committee Chairperson Andrew Bachilas presented a recognition bill for URI Undergraduate Research Society. The organization’s roots date back two years to when students were searching for independent research opportunities.

The organization promotes independent and class related research and lets students know about the available resources for research on and off-campus. They currently have a website and a sakai page. They hold workshops every other week on things like contacting professors or creating a LinkedIn page, which occur every other week. Faculty are fully integrated into the organization, helping students find opportunities for research. While most members are currently STEM majors, they invite students of all academic background to join and take part in the various research opportunities.

The URI Undergraduate Research Society was recognized unanimously before  Student Senate voted on co-sponsoring the Sexual Assault Awareness Week on behalf of URI Peers Learning Educating and Supporting Everyone (P.L.E.A.S.E.). Senate would provide $150 to the organization for costs of food, supplies, and other materials for the events taking place during Sexual Assault Awareness week. The co-sponsorship was approved unanimously.

The Senate began its first rounds of nominations for Elections Committee and Summer Senate positions. Nominations will continue next week.

The NAACP will be holding an informational session regarding bringing a multicultural fraternity or sorority on campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Atrium.

The External Committee will be hosting the off-campus cleanup this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rhody Paws will take place next Wednesday on the Quadrangle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.