Ryan Liebel found his talent for broadcast radio as a DJ at 91.5 FM WUML, the university’s student-run radio station.
A summer co-op inspired Benjamin Gacek to pick up a second major and pursue a career in forensic accounting.
As a UMass Lowell freshman, Matthew Desmond decided he wanted to be a math teacher and got hands-on experience through innovative teacher-training programs like UTeach and Jumpstart.
Rajia Abdelaziz wants to run her own smart jewelry company – a goal that’s well within reach thanks to a research co-op and involvement with the Society of Women Engineers.
Mallory Mulligan credits the work experience she got during her two co-op jobs and through her part-time work as the accounting assistant in Career Services with helping her land a highly competitive position at Ernst & Young.
Through a co-op with the Information Technology Office, computer science major Julio Hernandez leveraged CRM experience to build a line queue management system for the Solution Center.
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.
Victoria feels UMass Lowell's rigorous course curriculum and lab projects have prepared her well for the working world.
Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.
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.
Shelby Creamer gained the clinical experience, faculty support, good grades and passion that made her shine, helping the nursing student land a coveted "externship" with Mayo Clinic.
Struggling with the loss of her dear friend Toni, Alana Kelley dedicated her year-long capstone project to him to earn her degree in graphic design.
For veteran Brandon Geisler, transferring to UMass Lowell from Northern Essex Community College gave him real work experience to help in his field of Information Technology.
Matilda Matovu discovered a passion for public health during a summer program at The Washington Center that included an internship with a public health advocacy group.
Through her efforts to raise awareness about the financial challenges many students and recent graduates face, mathematics major Alexis Ploss found herself attending President Obama’s State of the Union address as special guest of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Edwyn Shoemaker hasn't had an easy road through life. But he’s taken the right steps for success in his education and wants to help others do the same.
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.
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.
For Salmaan Kapadia, giving back to the community has been a life-long endeavor that's rooted in family.
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.
Daniel Schmith knows how to pace himself on the cross country and track teams. But when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s full speed ahead.
Student trustee Malinda Reed is considering a career in human rights and immigration law after studying the history of Greek immigrants in Lowell.
Taking advantages of opportunities outside the classroom has helped Christopher Nunez succeed at UMass Lowell.
Kreg Kaminski's experience at UMass Lowell in the Biology department and UTeach Program is being put to good use at Lowell High School.
David Entwistle strives to make student experiences at UMass Lowell as successful as his and hopes he leaves a lasting legacy.
Garrett Burgess's future is bright and his goals have him focused. In addition to earning his degree and working for the FBI, Burgess is also focused on some personal goals: regaining his eyesight and the ability to walk.
Carly Tiches's desire to help and care for others began when she started coaching children in gymnastics. She realized that she enjoyed giving first aid and caring for injuries. Now she is turning that passion into a career.
Nutritional sciences major Catherine York seems to excel in all that she does.
Ramez Antoun’s internship at the Institute of Performance and Fitness in Andover gave him real-work experience and access to leaders in his chosen field while he was still in the exercise physiology (EP) program.
Raised in a rural area in central Massachusetts, Brianna Dowse was unsure about living in a city like Lowell. But once she was accepted into the Exercise Physiology and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs, she took the leap and has never looked back.
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.
Deborah Paul transferred from Eastern Nazarene College and quickly decided on UMass Lowell when she came to visit campus. She discovered the sense of community and the university's rich diversity.
Kelsey McDonough’s Emerging Scholar research on modernist women’s literature is taking her places.
Thanks to a tireless work ethic and voracious academic appetite, Jake Kinsman is graduating in just three years – and getting a jumpstart on his Ph.D.
Even though Erneston Maurissaint '16 passed the state’s nursing board exam on his first try, his road to success was not an easy one.
Jenna Goecke is able to pursue her exercise physiology degree and compete in synchronized skating with the help of supportive faculty.
Nina Petropoulos landed a job with a Lowell nonprofit after a service-learning internship, thanks to her strong writing and website development skills.
Kristen Racamato forged her path at UMass Lowell, earning a degree in fine arts with a graphic design concentration.
When the opportunity arose for the Medical Laboratory Sciences major to work hands-on as a lab intern in Weed Hall, Kassie Pavlakos knew it was too good to pass up.
Management student Matthew Johnson entered the university in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and wanted to graduate with strong educational credentials and relevant job skills.
Jason Norman comes from a French-Canadian family in Lowell, but his ability to speak French really took off after a summer study abroad program in Paris.
Renoel Amogawin says community service, sociology classes and work on faculty research are preparing him for a career in immigration enforcement.
Charlene Colameta’s middle name may just be “extracurricular.” As she says, “there are so many activities at UMass Lowell, there is something for everyone. And if a club or group that you’re interested in doesn’t exist, you start one.”
Research and community are important to Steven Jacek. Fortunately, he’s found opportunities for both on campus.
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.
For Erin Graceffa, UMass Lowell’s hands-on approach to learning as well as the opportunity to participate in co-ops and take elective courses have helped her figure out which career path to take after graduation.
Boscaja's choice to attend college close to home gave her the opportunity to travel across the globe, making connections that will serve her well after graduation.
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.
Sam Aikins transferred to UMass Lowell because he wanted a greater challenge – and a place he could make his mark.
Jessica Tawczynski has made painting her life and career with the help of her diverse undergraduate education.
Officer Johnny Sann, who is closing in on his business degree, says volunteering at the Special Olympics gives him a better perspective on life.
Sarah Herrick’s studies and many internships prepared her for a job working with troubled teens.
Through two co-ops and two internships, Samantha Hamel discovered her true professional calling — and landed the job of her choice before graduating.
Andrew Ambrosino is helping to expand the Commonwealth Honors Program at school and to solve problems with his computer science studies.
By balancing her graphic design studies with a four-year field hockey career and a wealth of leadership roles, Kelly Freitas '16 graduated with America East Woman of the Year honors.
Leandro chose UMass Lowell after doing exhaustive research online from his home in Ecuador. He was impressed by the history of success and obvious rigor of the sound recording technology program at UMass Lowell.
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.
Music student Jay Souweine is a jazz trumpeter, member of the marching band and plays taps at military funerals – yet he loves UMass Lowell for being more rounded than a conservatory.
Chemical engineering major, Nicholas Marinelli, finds the campus veteran community to be very welcoming. He says it really helps to be surrounded by fellow student-veterans who share a unique bond with him.
Transferring from UMass Amherst, now an accounting major in the Manning School of Business, Belasque wants to become a certified public accountant, a profession she feels has limitless opportunities for success.
Amanda Robinson considers Jacquie Moloney a true role model. As a UMass Student Trustee, Robinson got to help her mentor become elected Chancellor of UMass Lowell.
Marlon Pitter came to UMass Lowell from Connecticut because of the campus’ diversity, urban environment and strong music program.