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Undergraduate Research Student Profiles

Meet the students who are getting their hands on exciting research projects that make a positive impact on the world.

Featured Profiles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zayna Basma
    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Salmaan Kapadia
    Business Administration, Accounting

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

  • Selena Tran
    Psychology

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

  • Catherine de Groot
    Marketing

    Catherine de Groot enjoys using her marketing skills to help nonprofits in Lowell.

  • Sean Cloran
    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.

  • 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.

  • Kelsey McDonough
    English

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

  • Andrew  Stanwicks
    Exercise Physiology

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steven Jacek
    Chemical Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kacey Hill
    Biology

    Kacey Hill, a biology major in the Commonwealth Honors Program, spent a summer tracking urban wildlife and studying invasive plant species at the University of Louisville as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

  • 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.

  • Catherine York
    Nutritional Sciences

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Corrina Quaglietta
    Nursing

    Honors nursing student Corrina Quaglietta studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain, the summer after her freshman year. The experience turned her into a huge booster of study abroad.

  • 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.