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Do you enjoy thinking creatively and innovatively? Do you want to solve a problem? Do you want to meet new people or join a team? DifferenceMaker® is for YOU! All students are welcomed to make a difference at UMass Lowell, make a difference in the community and make a difference in society.

Through the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the university has a range of activities that help students develop a creative mindset and make a difference.

  • DifferenceMaker® $50K Idea Challenge – See a problem? Want to solve it? Put together a UMass Lowell student team, present a creative solution and compete for $50,000 in prizes.
  • Freshmen Make A Difference In collaboration with UMass Lowell Orientation, Student Activities and Leadership and Residence Life Offices, this effort aims to engage freshmen in solving local and regional problems through entrepreneurial action.
  • DifferenceMaker® Interns – The Rist DifferenceMaker Institute recruits and sponsors DifferenceMaker intern students who will assist in the implementation of DifferenceMaker activities and programs.
  • EforAll Events, Competitions, and Accelerators – EforAll supports entrepreneurs and student teams with innovative ideas through various events and competitions year-round, as well as a winter and summer accelerator program. Learn more.

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