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Published on Apr 27, 2011
Maxwell Edmonds is being honored for his record of academic excellence, and his leadership and advocacy for a respectful campus in which inclusion of underrepresented voices heightens opportunities for social development and academic learning. A senior majoring in Biological Sciences and French with a 3.99 GPA, Maxwell emerged as the convener of the student organization I AM U URI â€" Unity in Diversity, drafting the mission statement, and helping to negotiate its relationship with the Equity Council, and actively participating in the creation of goals, rationales, and recommendations that were presented to President David Dooley and Provost Donald DeHayes. The initiatives of this group have helped the University to clarify and advance its diversity agenda. Working with his faculty adviser Dr. Navindra Seeram, his undergraduate research is focused on identifying natural products present in the leaves of the winged sumac plant, and evaluating these compounds for their therapeutic effects. Maxwell has also served as supplemental instruction leader in pre-calculus with the Academic Enhancement Center, historian for the Student Alliance for the Welfare of Africa (SAWA), and spokesperson for the Prospective Applicant Open Houses. He is a recipient of the URI Estes Benson Award for Academic Achievement.