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.

  • Ramsha Farooq
    Electrical Engineering

    Pakistan native Ramsha Farooq ’19 came all the way to UMass Lowell for her master’s degree in electrical engineering. She’s staying in the area after landing a “perfect job” as an electrical engineer at Black & Veatch in Burlington, Mass.

  • 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.

  • Kady Phelps
    History

    Kady Phelps came to UMass Lowell to major in education, but history caught up with her. She earned her master’s degree in history and the Excellence in Students Cultural Heritage Award for her work on an exhibit about Portuguese immigration to Lowell.

  • Yonnie Collins
    Exercise Physiology

    Yonnie felt more confident because the staff of the Career & Co-op Center took a look at what she was involved in and gave her positive feedback.

  • Danielle  Poublon
    Marketing & 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.

  • Maddie May Scott
    Music Performance & World Languages

    During her final semester at UMass Lowell, Maddie May Scott’s band was invited by rock royalty Melissa Etheridge to join the all-star lineup playing on Etheridge’s annual seven-night spring cruise.

  • Zayna Basma
    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

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

  • 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.