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.
Andrew Ambrosino is helping to expand the Commonwealth Honors Program at school and to solve problems with his computer science studies.
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.
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.
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.
Nutritional sciences major Catherine York seems to excel in all that she does.
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.
Through two co-ops and two internships, Samantha Hamel discovered her true professional calling — and landed the job of her choice before graduating.
A summer co-op inspired Benjamin Gacek to pick up a second major and pursue a career in forensic accounting.
Renoel Amogawin says community service, sociology classes and work on faculty research are preparing him for a career in immigration enforcement.
Victoria feels UMass Lowell's rigorous course curriculum and lab projects have prepared her well for the working world.
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.
Sam Aikins transferred to UMass Lowell because he wanted a greater challenge – and a place he could make his mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Herrick’s studies and many internships prepared her for a job working with troubled teens.
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.
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.
David Entwistle strives to make student experiences at UMass Lowell as successful as his and hopes he leaves a lasting legacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officer Johnny Sann, who is closing in on his business degree, says volunteering at the Special Olympics gives him a better perspective on life.
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.
For Salmaan Kapadia, giving back to the community has been a life-long endeavor that's rooted in family.
Research and community are important to Steven Jacek. Fortunately, he’s found opportunities for both on campus.
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.
Kristen Racamato forged her path at UMass Lowell, earning a degree in fine arts with a graphic design concentration.
Student trustee Malinda Reed is considering a career in human rights and immigration law after studying the history of Greek immigrants in 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.
Taking advantages of opportunities outside the classroom has helped Christopher Nunez succeed at UMass Lowell.
Jenna Goecke is able to pursue her exercise physiology degree and compete in synchronized skating with the help of supportive faculty.
Jessica Tawczynski has made painting her life and career with the help of her diverse undergraduate education.
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.
Nina Petropoulos landed a job with a Lowell nonprofit after a service-learning internship, thanks to her strong writing and website development skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An exchange semester at the Czech Technical University led to a two-month internship in Prague for electrical engineering major Gregory Ensom.
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.
After taking a few public health classes and establishing a strong connection with faculty, Melissa King realized that helping people live healthier lives is her passion.
Kelsey McDonough’s Emerging Scholar research on modernist women’s literature is taking her places.
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.
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.
Yonnie Collins joined the Honors College to get a well-rounded education – and for challenging classes.
Marlon Pitter came to UMass Lowell from Connecticut because of the campus’ diversity, urban environment and strong music program.
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.
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.
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.
Kreg Kaminski's experience at UMass Lowell in the Biology department and UTeach Program is being put to good use at Lowell High School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Briannah Larsen came here to play Division I field hockey – and stayed for the business school and the Honors College.
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.
Ryan Liebel found his talent for broadcast radio as a DJ at 91.5 FM WUML, the university’s student-run radio station.
Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.
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.
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.