PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The University of Rhode Island is celebrating more than a half million dollars in new funding, a large chunk of which will be used to upgrade the university's diving program.
URI was awarded five grants worth a total of $530,000 from The Champlin Foundations Thursday.
The largest of those grants, worth $120,000, will go toward new diving equipment, computers, underwater photographic equipment and other supplies to help support a state-of-the-art program.
"It's going to support research, education, outreach, it impacts a number of students across the university as well as researchers who are constantly using scuba diving as a tool to access the underwater environment," explained URI Diving Safety Officer Anya Watson.
"Not only do we have just a regular scuba diving program in which we teach students how to dive, but we also have a scientific diving program," said Watson.
The other four grants from The Champlin Foundations will be used to upgrade other labs on URI's Kingston and Narragansett Bay campuses.