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Undergraduate Students

Read about recent graduates and students currently pursuing their bachelor's degrees at UMass Lowell.

Undergraduate Profiles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Nunez

    Accounting & International Business

    Taking advantages of opportunities outside the classroom has helped Christopher Nunez succeed at UMass Lowell.

  • Nicholas Langberg

    Chemical Engineering

    By working with the Office of International Experiences & Study Abroad, chemical engineering major Nicholas Langberg was able to add a two-month internship to his summer school program in Germany.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Clint Perry

    Electrical Engineering

    The thrill of figuring out how things work led Clint Perry to major in electrical engineering. He is also enrolled in the UTeach Program, where he carries his enthusiasm for engineering over to his teaching at Billerica High School.

  • 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.

  • Kreg Kaminski

    Biological Sciences

    Kreg Kaminski's experience at UMass Lowell in the Biology department and UTeach Program is being put to good use at Lowell High School.

  • Matthew Johnson

    Management

    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.

  • Matilda Matovu

    Biology, Political Science

    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.

  • Taylor Carito

    English

    Taylor Carito signed up to work on The Connector, the student newspaper, at the beginning of freshman year. Now she’s editor-in-chief, and her involvement has shaped her college experience.

  • Edward Morante

    Education

    Education major Edward Morante had a tough time as a child in school and strives to become a teacher because he wants to help kids succeed. During his freshman year at UMass Lowell, Edward gained confidence through hands-on teaching experience at an elementary school classroom.

  • 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.

  • Kristen Racamato

    Graphic Design

    Kristen Racamato forged her path at UMass Lowell, earning a degree in fine arts with a graphic design concentration.

  • 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.

  • Nina Petropoulos

    English, Journalism & Professional Writing

    Nina Petropoulos landed a job with a Lowell nonprofit after a service-learning internship, thanks to her strong writing and website development skills.

  • Flore Stécie Norcéide

    Computer Engineering

    Flore Stécie Norcéide won an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship to study computer engineering here.

  • Bryanna Ippolito

    Nutritional Sciences

    After working with Alzheimer’s patients while in high school, Bryanna Ippolito is pursuing her bachelor's in nutritional sciences and developed a program for students who someday may be working with Alzheimer’s patients to understand what it’s like to live with the disease.

  • Georgia Cowderoy

    Economics, minor in Business

    Field hockey and fate brought Georgia Cowderoy ’17 to UMass Lowell all the way from Australia. Now she’s taking her degree and going new places.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tan Nhat Huynh

    Marketing, International Business

    UMass Lowell was love at first sight for business major Tan Nhat Nuynh, a native of Vietnam, who is making the most of his opportunities in and out of the classroom.

  • Gregory Ensom

    Electrical Engineering

    An exchange semester at the Czech Technical University led to a two-month internship in Prague for electrical engineering major Gregory Ensom.

  • Carly Tiches

    Nursing

    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.

  • Akbar Abduljalil

    Economics

    Motivated by the loss of a lake he had enjoyed as a child in his native Uzbekistan, economics major Akbar Abduljalil has taken on the role of president of the Student Society for Sustainability.

  • Selena Tran

    Psychology

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

  • 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.

  • Andrew Sciascia

    Political Science & Criminal Justice

    Andrew Sciascia’s studies in political science and homeland security are combining with his student newspaper experience to prepare him for a career as a political analyst.

  • 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.

  • Patrick McCallum

    Plastics Engineering

    Patrick McCallum got a leg up on his plastics engineering career with an internship at Wittmann Battenfeld, where he worked alongside the company's president, alum David Preusse '85.

  • Sherry Bhalla

    Medical Laboratory Science

    Eager to promote health and well-being, junior student Sherry Bhalla traveled from India to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue a degree in Medical Laboratory Science at UMass Lowell.

  • Kassie Pavlakos

    Medical Laboratory Sciences

    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.

  • Dana Ibrahim

    Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science

    Dana Ibrahim chose UMass Lowell for its peace and conflict studies program, which lets her combine classes across the social sciences and humanities to suit her goal: to become a diplomat and aid refugees.

  • Alessandra Greco

    Economics, Labor Studies minor

    Alessandra Greco’s understanding of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. economy and monetary policy grew exponentially when she joined a team that went to the Boston Fed Challenge. She’s already preparing for next year’s competition.

  • Marlon Pitter

    English, minor in Digital Media

    Marlon Pitter came to UMass Lowell from Connecticut because of the campus’ diversity, urban environment and strong music program.

  • Nicole Hayek

    Marketing

    Nicole Hayek came to the Manning School of Business to prepare for a career in marketing. Along the way, she's been able to fulfill her passion for music.

  • Jay Souweine

    Music Studies

    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.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Degou

    Political Science & Mathematics

    As a Student Government Association senator, Lisa Degou was invited to sit on the stage at Jacquie Moloney’s inauguration as chancellor. Now, as SGA president, she meets with Moloney every month to negotiate for student interests.

  • Casey O'Neill

    Business, Accounting concentration

    Casey O’Neill didn’t originally want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and study accounting at UMass Lowell. Now that she has, she couldn’t be happier with her decision.

  • Daniel Howell

    Public Health

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

  • Linda Barg

    Finance & Marketing

    A deep-rooted desire for financial independence drives everything that Linda Barg does as a student in the Manning School of Business.

  • 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.

  • Davood Dashti

    International Business

    Davood Dashti’s love of photography helped him transition from home in Iran to college life in the United States. Now, the Manning School of Business student is focused on a professional photography career.

  • 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.

  • Briannah Larsen

    Marketing & Management

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

  • 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.

  • Sean Patterson

    Sound Recording Technology

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

  • Yonnie Collins

    Exercise Physiology

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

  • Deborah Paul

    Sociology

    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.

  • 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.

  • Catherine York

    Nutritional Sciences

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

  • Kadeem Davis

    Finance

    Kadeem Davis stepped out of his comfort zone to start the Black Student Union. He’s learned a lot about leadership and building an organization—and about the diverse interests of black students on campus.

  • James Wilson Joutras

    Liberal Arts – Digital Media and Theatre Arts

    James Joutras came to UMass Lowell to discover himself. His experiences instilled confidence – and took him to Japan, where he plans to work after graduation.

  • Omar Abdelaal

    Mechanical Engineering

    The Lawrence Lin MakerSpace is where Omar Abdelaal works on the drone for his senior capstone, and where he became inspired to start an eNABLE chapter in his native Egypt.

  • Daniel Schmith

    Entrepreneurship and Finance

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sydney Fagundes

    Education

    Sydney Fagundes has found her calling: teaching young children, with a focus on science and math.

  • Patrick Martin

    Political Science & Public Administration

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

  • Kellsie Howard

    Business Administration - Finance, Management

    Kellsie Howard has managed to achieve a lot in her first two years in the Manning School of Business, including organizing a DECA competition, starting two clubs and working as a co-op at Putnam Investments.

  • Marilyn Saha

    Computer Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo

    Business Administration

    Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo is a full-time student and her family’s sole support. Yet she finds time to volunteer for causes she believes in.

  • Sarah Herrick

    Criminal Justice, minor in Sociology

    Sarah Herrick’s studies and many internships prepared her for a job working with troubled teens.

  • 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.

  • Emoni Baffour

    Management

    Studying abroad in London convinced business student Emoni Baffour ’18 to return to the UK for graduate school and pursue her passion for a career in the fashion industry.

  • Nicholas Kerrigan

    Education

    When Nicholas Kerrigan spent a summer at the YMCA working with third graders, some of whom had learning disabilities, he was inspired to switch his major from business to education.

  • Asad Elmi

    Business Administration

    Asad Elmi has long been fascinated by the financial world. Now that he’s been immersed in that world in a sales and marketing co-op position at Putnam Investments, he’s ready to make it a career.

  • Zayna Basma

    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Isaura Jimenez

    Nursing

    Three bus rides, a different language and a challenging curriculum were not roadblocks for Isaura Jimenez on her path to a nursing degree. She saw them as challenges to be met.

  • Danielle Poublon

    Marketing and Management

    Just as she does in the high jump, junior business major Danielle Poublon reached new heights during her operations management co-op at Raytheon.

  • Erin Graceffa

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • David Todisco

    Political Science

    David Todisco says his political science classes, internships and experiences through UML's partnership with The Washington Center are helping him forge a political career.

  • Jessica Tawczynski

    Painting

    Jessica Tawczynski has made painting her life and career with the help of her diverse undergraduate education.

  • 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.

  • Renoel Amogawin

    Criminal Justice

    Renoel Amogawin says community service, sociology classes and work on faculty research are preparing him for a career in immigration enforcement.

  • Salmaan Kapadia

    Business Administration, Accounting

    For Salmaan Kapadia, giving back to the community has been a life-long endeavor that's rooted in family.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Desmond

    Mathematics

    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.

  • Alexis Ploss

    Mathematics

    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.

  • Frank Sullivan

    Criminal Justice, UMass Lowell Police Sergeant

    When UMass Lowell Police Sergeant Frank Sullivan isn’t keeping the campus safe at night, he’s working on his master’s degree in criminal justice, helping raise three teenagers and training for a marathon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kelsey McDonough

    English

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

  • Erneston Maurissaint

    Nursing

    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.

  • Yehya Merhi

    Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical engineering major Yehya Merhi discovered his passion as a co-op for medical tech company Atrium Medical. Now the Lebanon native wants to make it a career.

  • Jennifer Schultz

    Mechanical Engineering

    When she was younger, Jennifer Schultz didn’t want to be an engineer. Yet here she is, a summer intern in the office of Nonspec, a company that offers low-cost prosthetic limb systems. She even trekked to India with UMass Lowell’s B.V.B. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Laura Cabrera

    Philosophy, Psychology

    Laura Cabrera's studies in philosophy and psychology have given her great personal insight - and the confidence to pursue a creative career in music, art and dance.

  • Jeanine Buonopane

    Accounting

    Accounting major Jeanine Buonopane, who has cerebral palsy, plans to one day help people with disabilities learn to become more financially successful.

  • Thomas Heywosz

    Mathematics

    Math major Thomas Heywosz came to UMass Lowell with a co-op scholarship and found a research position with a physics professor. Now he’s planning on a career as a high school math teacher.

  • Julie Lawton

    Political Science

    Joining a club as soon as she arrived on campus got Julie Lawton experience on two political campaigns as well as internships in the Boston mayor’s office and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus – all within a year.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Hines

    Plastics Engineering

    Kevin Hines hopes to put his engineering skills to work designing state-of-the-art materials for the plumbing and heating industry.

  • Samantha Hamel

    Business Administration

    Through two co-ops and two internships, Samantha Hamel discovered her true professional calling — and landed the job of her choice before graduating.

  • Alex DiBuono

    Electrical Engineering

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

  • Steffan Jackson

    Business Administration - Marketing, Management

    Steffan Jackson combines his business studies with his passion for community service to create Make-A-Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids in hardship situations.

  • 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.

  • Melanie Carignan

    Education

    Melanie Carignan is so enthusiastic about the undergraduate education major that she volunteered to be the College of Education’s first alumni ambassador.

  • 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.

  • Gabriela Boscaja

    Management and Finance

    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.

  • Brianna Dowse

    Exercise Physiology

    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.

  • Meghan Berking

    Chemistry

    Meghan Berking ran across the country to raise $7,500 for cancer research after losing her father to colon cancer.

  • Amanda Robinson

    Finance

    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.

  • Julio Hernandez

    Computer Science

    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.

  • Matt Macioci

    Mechanical Engineering

    Thanks to professional co-ops at New Balance and Teradyne, mechanical engineering major Matt Macioci has designs on a future career working with complex machinery.

  • Rafaela Gonzalez

    Sociology

    Rafaela Gonzalez wants to care for people as individuals and in communities, so she's majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology. She's also started her own business.

  • Matthew Fowler

    Nursing

    After Matthew Fowler's mother underwent heart surgery, he observed the nurses, who worked with both intelligence and kindness. The experience inspired him to choose nursing as his career.

  • Marina Novaes

    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • 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.

  • Marbella Leal

    Nursing

    An Honors College student fellowship gave Marbella Leal a chance to work with at-risk students and do research with a professor.

  • 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.

  • Shaymus Dunn

    Accounting

    Business student Shaymus Dunn got hands-on accounting experience – and an unexpected visit to the NASDAQ stock exchange – during his summer internship at EverQuote.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Liebel

    English, Journalism and Professional Writing

    Ryan Liebel found his talent for broadcast radio as a DJ at 91.5 FM WUML, the university’s student-run radio station.

  • 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.

  • James Aung

    Economics

    James Aung is the executive director of SayDaNar, a refugee organization he co-founded. He plans to return to Mayanmar, his home country, when he graduates.

  • Kelly Freitas

    Graphic Design

    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.

  • 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.

  • Jason Norman

    French & English

    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.

  • Johnny Sann

    Finance, UMass Lowell Police Officer

    Officer Johnny Sann, who is closing in on his business degree, says volunteering at the Special Olympics gives him a better perspective on life.

  • Twisha Mohapatra

    Business

    Twisha Mohapatra says her experiences in the River Hawk Scholars Academy and the Honors College have boosted her confidence, taught her leadership skills and set her up for academic success.

  • Thalia Petsis

    Business Administration - Finance, International Business

    Toronto native Thalia Petsis juggles Division I soccer with business studies — and a bevy of extracurricular leadership roles.

  • Kelly Skelton

    Marketing & Management

    Business student Kelly Skelton plans to earn his undergraduate and MBA degrees in just four years – and with zero debt – while juggling multiple jobs and extracurricular activities.

  • 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.

  • Abimalec Martinez

    English, Spanish minor

    English major Abi Martinez plans to work in college admissions, with a focus on recruiting minority students. She’s gotten both work and academic experiences on campus that will help her toward her goal.

  • Julie Lun

    Criminal Justice

    Julie Lun is the first in her family to attend college – and she wants to help other first-generation students start on the path to better lives.

  • Andrew Stanwicks

    Exercise Physiology

    The summer after his freshman year, Andrew Stanwicks worked in a hospital rehabilitation research lab.

  • Greg Reimonn

    Plastics Engineering

    Greg Reimonn found a faculty mentor to help him research microplastics in waterways, thanks to an honors fellowship.

  • Nicholas Marinelli

    Chemical Engineering

    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.

  • Emmy Misail

    English – Journalism and Professional Writing

    Emmy Misail won an Honors College creativity fellowship to draw comic strips under the guidance of an art professor.

  • Keviana-Joy George

    Marketing & Management

    Business administration major Keviana-Joy George transformed from a shy transfer student to an outgoing student leader who is on track for a career in human resources.

  • Ellen Panetto

    Medical Laboratory Science

    Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

  • 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.

  • Michelle Garcia

    English – Creative Writing

    Michelle Garcia, a rising spoken word poet, is also learning how to write poetry for the page.

  • Edwyn Shoemaker

    Political Science

    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.

  • 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.

  • Alana Kelley

    Graphic Design

    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.

  • Brandon Geisler

    Information Technology

    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.

  • 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.

  • Chris Burns

    Accounting, Finance

    Rising sophomore Chris Burns, one of five UMass students to win a $10,000 William Bulger Presidential Scholarship, came into the Manning School of Business with a strong sense of purpose.

  • Steven Jacek

    Chemical Engineering

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

  • Aaron King

    English, Digital Media

    A co-op scholarship led to a job at Lowell Telecommunications Corp., and then a job at the university’s TV studio for English major Aaron King. Now he’s got all the skills he needs for a career in video or television production.

  • 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.

  • Yefry Matos

    Finance

    Yefry Matos came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at age 18, worked as a janitor to pay his way through community college and now has a banking job waiting for him at JPMorgan Chase & Co. after graduation.

  • David Entwistle

    Physics and UTeach

    David Entwistle strives to make student experiences at UMass Lowell as successful as his and hopes he leaves a lasting legacy.

  • Elinor Mayo

    Criminal Justice

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

  • 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.

  • Andre DiFilippo

    Marketing, Management

    After making his mark at UML as Student Government Association president, Manning School of Business senior Andre DiFilippo is excited to get started on a sales career.

  • 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.

  • Shelby Creamer

    Nursing

    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.

  • Tommy Curtis

    Entrepreneurship and Marketing

    Tommy Curtis, who recently competed in his second Golden Gloves tournament, balances his studies in the Manning School of Business with training in the boxing ring.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Doane

    Chemical Engineering, Biology

    Honors student Michael Doane has won several prestigious fellowships and scholarships for his cancer-related and biofuel research. He says UMass Lowell does a great job of structuring both classes and learning experiences that build on one another.

  • Mina Le

    Chemical Engineering

    Senior chemical engineering major Mina Le chose a work-study job at the front desk of the Student Employment Office because she wanted to improve her communication skills. She’s done that and more, being named the university’s Student Employee of the Year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mickyas Yihdego

    Electrical Engineering

    Mickyas Yihdego, an electrical engineering major originally from Ethiopia, helps the Lowell Housing Authority digitize its blueprints archive through his work-study job at O’Leary Library.

  • 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.

  • Keana-Grace Danier

    Business Administration - Marketing, Management

    Participating in the 2017 Miss Massachusetts USA pageant helped bolster business student Keana-Grace Danier’s confidence and drive, which she sees helping her future sales career.

  • Shaila Bornstein

    Criminal Justice, Political Science

    A semester in Washington, D.C., interning with a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office galvanized Shaila Bornstein. As soon as she finishes at UML, she plans to return to Washington to gain political experience so she can run for president.

  • 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.

  • Matt Cherkerzian

    Criminal Justice

    Matt Cherkerzian is an EMT majoring in criminal justice who helps with research into decision-making by first responders.

  • Mayara Belasque

    Accounting

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Anna Jiang

    Finance

    As President of the UMass Lowell Chinese Students and Scholars Association, finance major Anna Jiang stays connected to her culture — while sharing it with others.

  • 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.

  • Nicholas Abourizk

    Theatre Arts

    Nick Abourizk started college with plans to pursue a biology degree – but he couldn’t deny his passion for acting. An Oprah Winfrey Scholarship affirmed his decision to switch his major to Theatre Arts.

  • Chris Perez

    Electrical Engineering

    U.S. Marine veteran Chris Perez knew he wanted to further his education, but wasn't sure of his path until he found UMass Lowell and its student veteran population.

  • Maggie Davenport

    Mechanical Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • Franchesca Arias

    Sociology & Spanish

    Honors student Franchesca Arias is passionate about studying abroad after completing a summer program in Valencia, Spain.

  • Rajia Abdelaziz

    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

    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.

  • Alejandro Lopez

    Economics

    The Model U.N. program and a semester interning and learning in Washington, D.C., helped Alejandro Lopez put economic and political theory into practice - and paved the way for a successful career.

  • 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.

  • Chanelle Cruz

    Marketing

    During her six-month sales operations co-op at Kronos, business administration major Chanelle Cruz developed her Salesforce CRM problem-solving skills.