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Graduate Students

Learn about students pursuing advanced degrees at UMass Lowell.

Graduate Student Profiles

  • Devon White

    Psychology and Disability Studies & Autism Studies

    Devon White, a recent graduate of the Autism Studies program, is helping to run a new, affordable and comprehensive autism treatment center in Kuwait. She says great faculty mentors and all the research opportunities she got, starting as an undergraduate, prepared her for the post.

  • Lisa Dana

    Education

    Superintendent Lisa Dana's length of service in the Danver's public school system is among the longest in the state.

  • Cassie Harding

    Public Health

    Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.

  • 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.

  • Marcus Lithander

    Applied Psychology and Prevention Science

    Marcus Lithander was already designing online courses when he heard Asst. Prof. Yana Weinstein, co-founder of The Learning Scientists, speak at a conference in Stockholm. Six months later he arrived in the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. with her and do research on effective learning strategies.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Howell

    Public Health

    When Daniel Howell interned at the City of Lowell Health Department, he helped run a forum addressing opioid abuse.

  • Gackson Wheeler

    Political Science & Security Studies: Homeland Defense

    Gackson Wheeler found his path to the crossroads of politics and the possibilities the Air Force offered at UMass Lowell, and he calls it one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

  • Erin Monahan

    Public Administration

    Erin Monahan finds value in learning principles applicable to a wide range of arts and humanities-based organizations. She is getting professional experience as an archivist through an internship at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Parravano

    Finance

    Manning School of Business MBA student Daniel Parravano began working as a real estate agent as an undergraduate to help pay his way through school. Now he is ready to make his mark in the world of commercial real estate.

  • Karina Cruz

    Public Administration

    Karina Cruz appreciates the flexibility, small classes and in-depth administrative skills she’s learning, from how to change public policy to managing a diverse workforce.

  • Maureen Kelly

    Civil & Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering

    A service-learning capstone in Lowell and Haiti transformed Maureen Kelly’s civil engineering education — and her life. She now works for a firm that supports her ongoing volunteer work in Haiti and her mentoring of current students.

  • Haylee Dussault

    Nutritional Sciences, Public Health

    Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

  • Moiz Khan

    Business Analytics

    Already on track for a successful marketing career in Pakistan, Moiz Khan has shifted gears to pursue a master’s in business analytics from the Manning School of Business.

  • Kelechi Adejumo

    Environmental and 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.

  • Dic Donohue

    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    Retired MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue finished his master’s degree in 2012. Less than a year later, he was shot during a police firefight with the Boston Marathon bombers. Now he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology and researching the effectiveness of police training methods.

  • Juan Boungou

    Global Studies

    Juan Boungou, a former Fulbright Fellow, started a nonprofit for underprivileged youth in the Republic of the Congo. Now he’s earning his Ph.D. in global studies to expand his learning and his impact.

  • Zachary Zuber

    Exercise Physiology & Physical Therapy

    Even though many of Zack Zuber’s family members attended UMass Lowell, he wasn’t convinced that it was the place for him – that is, until he visited the campus.

  • Kevin Copson

    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Kevin Copson is using his policy and data analysis skills to help local nonprofits while working at a university-based startup.

  • 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.

  • Dean Kennedy

    Mechanical Engineering

    Dean Kennedy always dreamed of a career at Disney. The experience he gained and connections he made while earning his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering helped make that dream come true.

  • Liz Ejaife

    Community Social Psychology

    A research assistantship helped Liz Ejaife continue into the Master’s program in Community Social Psychology – and gave her valuable research experience.

  • Kripa Joseph

    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Honors student Kripa Joseph is earning her B.A. and M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in four years, while minoring in music and pursuing internships that promote diversity and respect among cultures.

  • Jyotik Savaj

    Energy Engineering/Solar

    Jyotik Savaj, who is enrolled in the Master of Science in Energy Engineering/Solar Program, aims to help fulfill the need for solar power and has a paid co-op job at Exyte, an engineering and project management company specializing in high-tech facilities.

  • 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.

  • Joshua Santana

    Music Education

    When music education major Joshua Santana teaches local grade-schoolers to play violin through the university’s String Project, he connects with them because he was once in their shoes.

  • John Kilgo

    Computer Science

    John Kilgo VI began working at MITRE Corporation more than three years ago as an intern, when he was a UMass Lowell undergraduate. Now, he’s employed there full time as a software systems engineer, while enrolled part time in the master’s program in computer science.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Golding

    Human Services Administration

    Sarah Golding works with young people transitioning to adulthood while coping with mental illness. She says the Master of Public Administration program is giving her the right balance of core administrative skills and deep knowledge to help her advocate for her clients.

  • Lauren Gary

    Psychology & Autism Studies

    Lauren Gary transferred to UMass Lowell to study psychology and work with people with disabilities. Thanks to faculty advice, she entered the bachelor’s-to-master’s program in autism studies – and found a job in her field before finishing her undergraduate degree.

  • Rianna Grissom

    Applied Psychology & Prevention Science

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

  • Kevin Huang

    Biology, Public Health

    Kevin Huang is turning his passion for health and fitness into a career in medicine after internships with hospital administrators.

  • Covington Bien-Aimé

    Business Administration

    Manning School of Business MBA coursework provided service learning opportunities to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, native Covington Bien-Aimé. He improved his team management skills, while working with students from many countries to give help to communities in need.

  • Frank Stegnar

    Business Administration

    Toronto native Frank Stegnar excelled in the classroom and on the ice as an undergrad at UMass Lowell, so he chose to get his MBA online from the Manning School of Business.

  • Atthaphon Mumi

    Entrepreneurship

    With a dissertation on social media’s role in the entrepreneurial process, Thailand’s Atthaphon Mumi became the first graduate of the Manning School of Business’ Ph.D. in entrepreneurship program.

  • Patrick Martin

    Political Science & Public Administration

    Honors student Patrick Martin is studying political science to change drug policy.

  • Tyler McMillan

    Public Administration

    Tyler McMillan teaches guitar and plays in a band. He’s earning his M.P.A. degree in public arts and humanities so he can start a nonprofit recording studio – and more.

  • Michelle Palladino

    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • 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.

  • Edgardo Pomales-Feliciano

    Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Edgardo Pomales-Feliciano is an inaugural member in the new Pharmaceutical Science Master's program at UMass Lowell.

  • Sean Patterson

    Sound Recording Technology

    For this sound recording technology grad, it’s all between the ears.

  • Aaron Stella

    Nutritional Sciences & Clinical Laboratory Sciences

    Before Aaron Stella graduated from the medical laboratory science program, he had more job offers than he knew what to do with.

  • Edina Hirt

    Psychology, Autism Studies

    Honors student Edina Hirt faced hurdles from learning English to battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma while working toward her degree. Still, she won an award for her dedication to community service.

  • Rohann Nair

    Engineering Management

    Rohann Nair was torn about whether to pursue a master of science degree or an MBA. Instead of choosing, he opted for both by enrolling in UMass Lowell’s master’s degree in engineering management.

  • Matthew Olson

    Education

    Matthew Olson, dean of humanities and social science at Middlesex Community College, says there is a direct connection between the doctorate he earned in Leadership in Schooling and his current job.

  • Sean Perry

    Criminal Justice

    After earning a master's degree in criminal justice, Sean Perry plans to pursue a Ph.D. in criminology with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor or private sector or government researcher whose studies could help improve police departments or criminal justice systems.

  • Haley LaFreniere

    Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy

    Motivated to help patients regain strength to live their best possible lives, Haley LaFreniere was inspired early on by her mom to pursue a health-related field.

  • Kady Phelps

    History

    Kady Phelps came to UMass Lowell to major in education, but history caught up with her. She is working toward her master’s degree in history and earned the Excellence in Students Cultural Heritage Award for her work on an exhibit about Portuguese immigration to Lowell.

  • Christine Vaudo

    Business Analytics

    Christine Vaudo returned to school after a long gap to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Manning School of Business and then decided to pursue her master’s degree in business analytics.

  • Mindasari Daniar

    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

  • Ron Pannell

    Human Services Management

    In the Master of Public Administration program, Ron Pannell is learning skills he can apply to his job in the Office of Student Engagement at Middlesex Community College – and later, in a housing agency.

  • Gabrielle Davis

    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Gabby Davis is learning to make peace through community building and putting her studies into practice by organizing events for Made in Lowell, a community nonprofit.

  • Andrew Farkas

    Health Informatics

    Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.

  • 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.