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Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

DifferenceMaker® is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you to Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

Are you a DifferenceMaker® ?

Do you have an idea?

Do you see a problem you want to solve?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?

Do you want to join a team and work with other students?

Sound like you? Get involved!

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Join Us At The $50,000 Idea Challenge

Join us in supporting student teams as they pitch their novel ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $50,000 in funding.

Date: April 24, 2019

Time: 5-8:30 p.m.

Location: University Crossing, Moloney Hall

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Building A Team

Do you need help building up a team for the $50,000 Idea Challenge?

Please visit our TeamMaker website.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

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    ClassRoots is an organization striving to facilitate connections between students in the classroom and to share this with their instructors.

  • Mayday
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    Mayday upon activation can reach all emergency contacts in just a tap.

  • Tan Nhat Huynh
    Marketing, International Business

    UMass Lowell was love at first sight for business major Tan Nhat Nuynh, a native of Vietnam, who is making the most of his opportunities in and out of the classroom.

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