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.

  • Franchesca Arias
    Sociology & Spanish

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

  • Lisa Dana
    Education

    Superintendent Lisa Dana's length of service in the Danver's public school system is among the longest in the state.

  • 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.

  • Qurat  Ann
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    A chance encounter with a professor led to an amazing research opportunity. Now Qurat Ann is researching the pros and cons of sex offender registration laws as she pursues a Ph.D.

  • Marcus Lithander
    Applied Psychology and Prevention Science

    Marcus Lithander was already designing online courses when he heard Asst. Prof. Yana Weinstein, co-founder of The Learning Scientists, speak at a conference in Stockholm. Six months later he arrived in the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. with her and do research on effective learning strategies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ryan MacInnis
    English Journalism and Professional Writing

    Ryan MacInnis built a strong relationship with the career and co-op center early in his academic career that quickly turned into work opportunities.