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Research & Scholarship

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

Research & Scholarship Profiles

  • 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.

  • Kelsey McDonough

    English

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

  • Daniel Schmidt

    Associate Professor, Plastics Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • Susan Braunhut

    Professor, Biological Sciences

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

  • Nairoby Gabriel

    Honors College, 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.

  • Anthony Gaeta

    Honors Math, 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.

  • 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.

  • Mallory Hillard

    Community Health & Sustainability

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

  • Rimonda Maroun

    Criminology & Criminal Justice

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

  • Meg Bond

    Director, Center for Women & Work

    Meg Bond is co-principal investigator for the NSF Advancing STEM Women in the Academy grant.

  • Mary-Kathryn Hazel

    History, Political Science minor

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

  • 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.

  • Abigail Giarrosso

    Chemistry

    Honors chemistry major Abigail Giarrosso found a work-study job her freshman year in the lab at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Now she’s helping develop and test a safer paint-stripper – with great success.

  • Silas Laycock

    Director, UMass Lowell Astronomical Observatory

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

  • Steven Jacek

    Chemical Engineering

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

  • Ianna Hondros-McCarthy

    Psychology, English (pre-med), Peace and Conflict Studies

    Ianna Hondros-McCarthy knows that you don’t have to travel far, or mortgage your future, to get an excellent education. She says, “Coming to UMass Lowell was the best possible decision for me.”

  • Laura Punnett

    Director, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace

    University Professor Laura Punnett heads the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, one of four CDC national Centers for Excellence of the NIOSH Total Worker Health(TM) program.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Malinda Reed

    History & English, minor in Legal Studies, Honors College

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

  • Selena Tran

    Psychology

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Xinwen Fu

    Director, i-SAFER

    Xinwen Fu is spearheading efforts to help protect the country’s national cyber infrastructure.

  • Mehmet Yavuz

    Peace and Conflict Studies

    It’s a small world: Mehmet Yavuz came to campus from Turkey because he read an article written by a UMass Lowell professor in peace and conflict studies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thomas B. Shea

    Director, Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research

    Tom Shea's research looks at ways to prevent or slow down brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and ALS.

  • Katherine Tucker

    Professor, Nutritional Epidemiology

    Prof. Katherine 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.

  • Syeda Nizami

    English, Psychology, Honors College

    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.

  • Robert Giles

    Director, Submillimeter Wave Technology Lab

    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.

  • Kelechi Adejumo

    Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology

    Kelechi Adejumo is looking for ways to improve health in the workplace and at home, combining her scholarly research into musculoskeletal injuries to nursing aides and her hands-on work for the Healthy Homes project.

  • Catherine York

    Nutritional Sciences

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