Dream big and work hard. That's the River Hawk way. UMass Lowell students pursue  their passion for learning in the classroom and beyond. They are each unique but are united in their drive to make a difference. Here are some of their stories.

  • Sydney Fagundes
    Education

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Akers
    Mechanical Engineering

    As one of the university’s first DC-CAP Scholars, mechanical engineering major Kevin Akers is pursuing his dream of becoming an astronaut — while also continuing to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Hayley Buonodono
    Marketing

    As a merchandising co-op for TJX in Framingham, senior business administration major Hayley Buonodono of Amesbury took a giant step toward her career goal of working as a buyer in the retail industry.

  • 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.

  • Elinor Mayo
    Criminal Justice

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

  • 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.