Meet the students and faculty who are getting their hands on exciting research projects that make a positive impact on the world.

  • Abby McNulty
    Accounting

    Through the Manning School’s Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training (BEST) program, accounting major Abby McNulty developed a case study analysis of the Columbia Gas explosions for the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.

  • Abigail Giarrosso
    Chemistry

    Honors chemistry major Abigail Giarrosso helped develop a safer paint-stripper at her work-study job at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. She stayed to pursue her master's and has taken on her next research challenge: finding an alternative to acetone-based removers for gel manicures.

  • Alexandra  Deckoff-Jones
    Psychology, minor in English

    Alexandra Deckoff-Jones is earning her undergraduate degree in psychology—including doing original research on accommodations for students with disabilities—entirely online, through the Division of Online and Continuing Education.

  • Alex DiBuono
    Electrical Engineering

    Alex DiBuono turned his own experience with chemotherapy into an honors capstone project in electrical engineering.

  • Anthony Gaeta
    Mathematics & Economics

    Anthony Gaeta says his six-month co-op at John Hancock Financial gave him real-world experience in his dream job as an actuary.

  • Catherine York
    Nutritional Sciences

    Nutritional sciences major Catherine York seems to excel in all that she does.

  • Christopher Ingemi
    Civil & Environmental Engineering

    A former carpenter sidelined by the recession, Christopher Ingemi went back to school at Middlesex Community College and then transferred to UML. Now, thanks to his job in a lab, he’s completed his master’s in civil engineering and found a great job as a bridge designer.

  • Chummeng Soun
    Asian Studies, Digital Media

    Chummeng Soun is documenting the traditional dances of his native Cambodia with support from the Center for Asian American Studies and the Southeast Asian Digital Archive.

  • Daniel Schmidt
    Plastics Engineering

    Daniel Schmidt and his team have identified an alternative to BPA.

  • Hannah Daly
    Political Science

    Hannah Daly researched the opioid crisis with one professor and the alt-right with another. She’s already published the results of a public opinion survey she helped design, and now she wants to use her research skills to influence public policy on behalf of women.

  • Jacob Solomon
    English & Mathematics

    Jacob Solomon is as well-rounded as they come. The honors English and math major is assisting with research in a biology lab.

  • Jenna Kapp
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Peace and Conflict Studies major Jenna Kapp has taken advantage of nearly every opportunity that’s come her way on campus. Now she’s finding more abroad.

  • Kacey Hill
    Biology

    Kacey Hill, a biology major in the Commonwealth Honors Program, spent a summer tracking urban wildlife and studying invasive plant species at the University of Louisville as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

  • Katherine L. Tucker
    Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences

    Prof. Katherine L. Tucker has turned her early roots in food and nutrition into a research career. At UMass Lowell, she leads the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, tackling the problems of nutrition in our society head on.

  • Kelsey McDonough
    English

    Kelsey McDonough’s Emerging Scholar research on modernist women’s literature is taking her places.

  • Kyleigh Clark-Moorman
    Criminology

    Kyleigh Clark-Moorman is interested in how best to prepare inmates to rejoin their communities. She’s gotten a broad range of research and teaching experiences in the doctoral program in criminology.

  • Lukas Lazarek
    Computer Science

    Lukas Lazarek’s summer research fellowship in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University helped prepare him for graduate school – and won him an award.

  • Maggie  Davenport
    Mechanical Engineering

    An honors seminar and fellowship sent Maggie Davenport to Haiti, where she’s working on sustainability projects.

  • Malinda Reed
    History & English

    Student trustee Malinda Reed is considering a career in human rights and immigration law after studying the history of Greek immigrants in Lowell.

  • Mallory Hillard
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Thanks to UMass Lowell, Hillard says she's found true satisfaction and happiness in her career and in herself.

  • Mark Lalli
    Chemical Engineering

    In just three years, Commonwealth Scholar and UMass Lowell alumni, Mark Lalli graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Because of his research opportunities at the university, he was able pursue a Ph.D.

  • Mary-Kathryn Hazel
    History

    At UMass Lowell, Mary-Kate has blossomed as a scholar of history.

  • Matthew Clancy
    Mechanical Engineering

    As a sophomore, Matthew Clancy designed a small satellite with a vital mission: getting children and teens excited about their STEM studies and aerospace careers. Now he’s developing his LEARNsat for NASA launch.

  • Meg Bond
    Psychology

    Meg Bond teaches in the community social psychology graduate program in the Psychology Department and directs the Center for Women and Work.

  • Mikhaila Schaefer
    Economics, Math minor

    First in her family to attend college, Mikhaila Schaefer likes to work hard, enjoys research and is pleased to be graduating without any debt.

  • Nairoby Gabriel
    Political Science

    Nairoby Gabriel is graduating with an Honors College degree in Political Science after only one year at UMass Lowell, where she participated in Model UN for the first time – and was named an outstanding delegate.

  • Neha Manohar
    Chemical Engineering

    Through her summer internship at UMass Lowell, Neha Manohar gained hands-on research experience and the opportunity to present her findings at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

  • Nicholas Gates
    Political Science & History

    Nicholas Gates took advantage of every possible opportunity at UMass Lowell, including a semester abroad in Belfast that led to his decision to attend grad school in Denmark.

  • Patrick Pang
    Exercise Physiology

    Patrick Pang knew he wanted hands-on experience conducting research. As a college freshman in the Immersive Scholar program, he conducted research on protective wear that helps prevent injuries in the NERVE-Movement Assessment and Performance Laboratory.

  • Peter Larsen
    Biology & Biotechnology

    The Honors College offered Peter Larsen a chance to explore outside his major, giving him a true liberal arts education and changing his career plans. Then DifferenceMaker helped him realize his dream of providing unique and inexpensive prosthetic hands to kids.

  • Qurat  Ann
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    A chance encounter with a professor led to an amazing research opportunity. Now Qurat Ann is researching the pros and cons of sex offender registration laws as she pursues a Ph.D.

  • Rachel Record
    Criminal Justice

    Rachel Record grew up as a student in the String Project at UMass Lowell, so she knew exactly where she wanted to study criminal justice. Now she’s heading for law school.

  • Rianna  Grissom
    Applied Psychology & Prevention Science

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

  • Rimonda Maroun
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    Rimonda Maroun is doubling up on research and teaching experience as she pursues her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice.

  • Robert Giles
    Physics

    Bob Giles' Submillimeter Wave Technology Laboratory brings in $5 million per year and his biomedical imaging research will help cancer patients, but its his work in Haiti that is close to his heart.

  • Rocio Rosales
    Psychology

    Rocio Rosales studies the special challenges faced by bilingual families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

  • Selena Tran
    Psychology

    Selena Tran found lots of research opportunities at UML, including a study of gorilla behavior at the Franklin Park Zoo.

  • Shruti Jain
    Computer Science

    Shruti Jain came to UMass Lowell for its hands-on teaching approach. She’s gotten lots of opportunities to apply what she’s learning – as well as a coveted internship with Red Hat.

  • Silas Laycock
    Physics

    Silas Laycock researches black holes, neutron stars and time-domain astrophysics.

  • Sophie Combs
    History

    Sophie Combs knows her research is going somewhere: into the online Library of New England Immigration.

  • Steven Jacek
    Chemical Engineering

    Research and community are important to Steven Jacek. Fortunately, he’s found opportunities for both on campus.

  • Sunilda Frias
    Biology

    Sunilda Frias is studying biology to help subsistence farmers improve their soil. She also loves literature – and didn’t want to give it up completely as a biology major. An Honors College Student Fellowship pushed her to keep reading great books.

  • Supriya  Chakrabarti
    Physics

    If there’s a planet around a nearby star, physics Prof. Supriya Chakrabarti wants to take a picture of it.

  • Susan  Braunhut
    Biological Sciences

    Biology Prof. Susan Braunhut has researched limb regeneration and developed the smart bandage, among other medical devices.

  • Syeda Nizami
    English & Psychology

    Syeda Nizami is using scholarships, research fellowships and work-study jobs to graduate with low debt, so she can afford a career helping others instead of working to pay off student loans.

  • Tara Lynch
    Psychology, Public Health

    Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

  • Thomas B.  Shea
    Biological Science

    Tom Shea is the director of the Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research. His research looks at ways to prevent or slow down brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and ALS.

  • Tugba Metinyurt
    Community Social Psychology & Applied Psychology and Prevention Science

    Tugba Metinyurt came to UML to study community social psychology and learn how to be a force for positive social change in her native Turkey.

  • Tyler Cote
    Political Science & Criminal Justice

    Honors student Tyler Cote helped start an award-winning nonprofit, co-authored research papers and interned with a Washington think tank, all while completing two majors.

  • Tyler Harrington
    Atmospheric Science

    Before starting his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at UMass Lowell, Tyler Harrington interned at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he wrote a report for Congress on how extreme weather events affect air travel.

  • Vikram Singh Prasher
    Physics

    A typical day for Vikram Singh Prasher is filled with studying, attending classes, conducting research, interviewing for jobs and working with the American Physics Society. He thrives on the jam-packed schedule, and on the relationships he’s developed at UMass Lowell.

  • Zayna Basma
    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

    Zayna Basma volunteered at a center that helps Burmese refugees - and became fascinated by refugee policy and research.