Dream big and work hard. That's the River Hawk way. UMass Lowell students pursue  their passion for learning in the classroom and beyond. They are each unique but are united in their drive to make a difference. Here are some of their stories.

  • Neil Oliveria
    History & Education

    Neil Oliveria, already a grandfather, is pursuing degrees in history and education so he can embark on a new career as a teacher.

  • Rianna  Grissom
    Applied Psychology & Prevention Science

    Rianna Grissom does research on how stereotypes and prejudices affect biracial and multiracial people.

  • Bridget McSherry
    Accounting

    Bridget McSherry seized every opportunity she could while earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at UMass Lowell, and now she’s ready to begin her career at Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico.

  • Julie Lun
    Criminal Justice

    Julie Lun is the first in her family to attend college – and she wants to help other first-generation students start on the path to better lives.

  • Davood Dashti
    International Business

    Davood Dashti’s love of photography helped him transition from home in Iran to college life in the United States. Now, the Manning School of Business student is focused on a professional photography career.

  • Clint Perry
    Electrical Engineering

    The thrill of figuring out how things work led Clint Perry to major in electrical engineering. He is also enrolled in the UTeach Program, where he carries his enthusiasm for engineering over to his teaching at Billerica High School.

  • Kevin Dibble
    Computer Science

    During his six-month co-op at iRobot, Kevin Dibble was a full-time member of the software team – and he developed an automated testing system for a universal robot controller.

  • Elise  Paugh
    Marketing, Management

    Elise Paugh found a study abroad program in Australia that allowed her to complete her required business courses, as well as work remotely for her co-op employer.