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Honors College

Meet undergraduate students from UMass Lowell's Honors College, which challenges, encourages and celebrates students who pursue academic excellence.

Honors College Profiles

  • 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.

  • Matthew Levenson

    Criminal Justice

    Criminal justice major Matt Levenson loves an adventure and a challenge—and he’s bent on seizing every opportunity he can while at UMass Lowell.

  • Briannah Larsen

    Marketing & Management

    Briannah Larsen came here to play Division I field hockey – and stayed for the business school and the Honors College.

  • Yonnie Collins

    Exercise Physiology

    Yonnie Collins joined the Honors College to get a well-rounded education – and for challenging classes.

  • Sean Cloran

    Honors College, Biology

    Sean Cloran used his Co-op Scholarship to study ecology and to map sources of water pollution in Peru. He also got to hug a baby sloth.

  • Roma Aurora

    Management Information Systems & Marketing

    Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.

  • Patrick Martin

    Political Science & Public Administration

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

  • Jessica Kergo

    Political Science

    Honors student Jessica Kergo has landed great jobs and internships – including one with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. She also writes for The Connector student newspaper and advocates for mental health awareness.

  • Maggie Davenport

    Mechanical Engineering

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

  • Qiana Curcuru

    Mechanical Engineering

    Qiana Curcuru loves UMass Lowell for its opportunities. The honors student is president of the campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, has done a professional co-op at iRobot, has taught and interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and done research with two professors on campus.

  • Elinor Mayo

    Criminal Justice

    Elinor Mayo has lofty dreams, and Air Force ROTC is helping her find her way to the cockpit.

  • Marilyn Saha

    Computer Engineering

    Marilyn Saha used an Honors College Student Fellowship to help first-generation college students succeed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steven Jacek

    Chemical Engineering

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

  • Matthew D'Angelo

    Mathematics

    Matthew D’Angelo loves to solve problems—and he’s great at explaining how he does it. That’s why he’s majoring in math and enrolled in the UTeach program.

  • Daniel Muise

    Honors College, Economics, Political Science

    Honors College graduate Dan Muise is launched on an academic research career, thanks to a pair of B.A.s in economics and political science, lots of faculty support and several undergraduate research grants.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Tyler Farley

    Political Science & Economics

    Tyler Farley has found much to satisfy his appetite for politics on campus and off, from serving in student government, to campaigning for Marco Rubio, to attending the Republican National Convention and more.

  • Alex DiBuono

    Electrical Engineering

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

  • Adeja Crearer

    English, minors in Political Science and Digital Media

    Honors student Adeja Crearer is equally comfortable in front of a television camera or behind one. She’s combining a journalism concentration in English with minors in digital media and political science to prepare for a career in news.

  • Andre Ragel

    Management

    Ever since moving to Lowell from the Philippines with his mom as a child, Andre Ragel has embraced a sink-or-swim attitude – one that carried the business administration major through a busy first year on campus.

  • Denia Taylor

    Political Science

    Honors student Denia Taylor has overcome many challenges in order to pursue a degree in political science. She plans to take up a career that allows her to combine legal training and philosophy.

  • Kimberly Chao

    Manning School of Business, concentration in Accounting and Finance

    Kimberly Chao transferred to UMass Lowell where she was able to follow her two passions: business and health care

  • Ruchika Shah

    Nursing

    The scholarships and financial aid Ruchika received from UMass Lowell helped tremendously in keeping her education affordable.

  • 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.

  • Mary-Kathryn Hazel

    History

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

  • 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.

  • Brianna Atwood

    Plastics Engineering

    Brianna Atwood came to UMass Lowell to study plastics engineering – but she’s done so much more. The honors student started a volunteer program that connects UML students with a local school. She has also participated in the professional co-op program, working on fire-resistant seals for airplanes.

  • Rachel Silk

    Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    Manning School of Business student Rachel Silk landed a professional co-op as a marketing events coordinator that has helped shape her future career plans.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Patrice Olivar

    Exercise Physiology & Psychology

    While double-majoring in psychology and exercise physiology, Patrice Faith Olivar has gained both research and practical experience. UMass Lowell has opened more doors than she thought possible.

  • Andrew Ambrosino

    Computer Science, Business minor

    Andrew Ambrosino is helping to expand the Commonwealth Honors Program at school and to solve problems with his computer science studies.

  • Zayna Basma

    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

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

  • Mya Neary

    Entrepreneurship & Management

    Mya Neary won an honors fellowship to learn more about running an urban farming nonprofit. Now she’s volunteering with Mill City Grows while developing her own business plan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lindsay Blount

    English

    Lindsay Blount is a full-time Honors College student, military spouse and mom – but she still found time to pursue a partnership with the Thoreau Institute.

  • Abigail Hans

    Marketing, Management

    Abigail Hans becomes the first student to represent Manning School of Business’ Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at the international business honor society’s Global Leadership Summit.

  • Ayah Awadallah

    English, Journalism and Professional Writing; minor in Graphic Design

    Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Moniphal Bing

    English

    Moniphal Bing was able to study abroad in Cambodia, which his parents fled before he was born, through a new partnership with the American University of Phnom Penh.

  • 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.

  • Sam Aikins

    Political Science, Honors College

    Sam Aikins transferred to UMass Lowell because he wanted a greater challenge – and a place he could make his mark.

  • Benjamin Gacek

    Criminal Justice, Accounting

    A summer co-op inspired Benjamin Gacek to pick up a second major and pursue a career in forensic accounting.

  • Mary Everett

    English & Environmental Studies

    Mary Everett combined her interest in environmental science with a love of writing. An honors fellowship gave her the support to write a group of short stories – which won her admission to a top-ranked M.F.A. program in creative writing.