These students have since graduated from the Honors College but their experiences while at UMass Lowell continue to tell our story.
  • Marilyn Saha
    Electrical Engineering & Engineering Management

    Her experiences in the Honors College and in a college readiness program, Let’s Get Ready, helped Marilyn Saha get a job at Raytheon Technologies.

  • Ayah Awadallah
    English, Journalism and Professional Writing; minor in Graphic Design

    Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.

  • Evan Dingle
    English

    Evan Dingle’s passion for helping people and love of international study led him to a job with a nonprofit in Uganda that serves children with special needs.

  • Maggie  Davenport
    Mechanical Engineering

    An honors seminar and fellowship sent Maggie Davenport to Haiti, where she’s working on sustainability projects.

  • 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.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    Kelsey Gonzalez cares for asylum seekers as program manager for Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health.

  • 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.

  • Yonnie Collins
    Exercise Science, Family Health Nurse Practitioner

    With her people-first approach, Yonnie Collins found success in her coursework and her extracurricular activities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Denia Taylor
    Political Science

    Honors student Denia Taylor has overcome many challenges in order to pursue a degree in political science. She plans to take up a career that allows her to combine legal training and philosophy.

  • Roma Aurora
    Management Information Systems & Marketing

    Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.

  • Beth Donaghey
    Director of the Honors College

    As a 1982 graduate with a degree in English, Beth Donaghey took a temporary job as a secretary at the university, just for a year. She never left.

  • Thomas Sherriff
    Exercise Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Thomas Sherriff was the lead author on a paper about functional movements of firefighters.

  • John Kelly
    Mathematics

    An elective course helped John Kelly ’23 figure out his career interests.

  • Adeja Crearer
    English, minors in Political Science and Digital Media

    One faculty member opened a door for Adeja Crearer, and it changed her life.

  • 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.

  • Kripa Joseph
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Honors student Kripa Joseph is earning her B.A. and M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in four years, while minoring in music and pursuing internships that promote diversity and respect among cultures.

  • Matthew Levenson
    Criminal Justice

    Criminal justice major Matt Levenson loves an adventure and a challenge—and he’s bent on seizing every opportunity he can while at UMass Lowell.

  • Mateo Rull Garza
    Biology

    Mateo Rull Garza immersed himself in research – and published in a leading scientific journal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Moniphal Bing
    English

    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.

  • Mary Everett
    English & Environmental Studies

    Mary Everett combined her interest in environmental science with a love of writing. An honors fellowship gave her the support to write a group of short stories – which won her admission to a top-ranked M.F.A. program in creative writing.

  • Brendon Aylaian
    Business Management

    Army Rangers veteran Brendon Aylaian is working as a financial specialist for the Air Force.

  • 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.

  • Qiana Curcuru
    Mechanical Engineering

    Qiana Curcuru loves UMass Lowell for its opportunities. The honors student is president of the campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, has done a professional co-op at iRobot, has taught and interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and done research with two professors on campus.

  • 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.

  • Dashon Jones
    Physics

    Honors physics alum Dashon Jones ’23 took advantage of research opportunities on and off campus.

  • Dean Kennedy
    Mechanical Engineering

    Dean Kennedy always dreamed of a career at Disney. The experience he gained and connections he made while earning his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering helped make that dream come true.

  • Maureen Kelly
    Civil & Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering

    A service-learning capstone in Lowell and Haiti transformed Maureen Kelly’s civil engineering education — and her life. She now works for a firm that supports her ongoing volunteer work in Haiti and her mentoring of current students.

  • Zayna Basma
    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

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

  • Thomas Heywosz
    Math and UTeach

    Thomas Heywosz’s experiences in the UTeach program and in Haiti have made him a successful high school math teacher.