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Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

DifferenceMaker® is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you to Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

Are you a DifferenceMaker®?

Do you have an idea?

Do you see a problem you want to solve?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?

Do you want to join a team and work with other students?

Sound like you? Get involved!

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

2019 Winning Student Teams

Check out our 2019 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge finalist teams.

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Join the DifferenceMaker Season Kick-off and College Competition Announcement Event!

Do You:

  • Want to learn more about the DifferenceMaker Program?
  • Want to learn about the DifferenceMaker college-based competitions? and how to win funding?
  • Want to meet real-life DifferenceMaker teams?
  • Want to network and meet new friends?

Join us!
Wednesday, Sept. 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saab Center, Perry Atrium
North Campus

Come hungry! Food will be served.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Mass Heartbeat
    DifferenceMakers

    Mass Heartbeat is an organization focused on screening children and young adults for heart conditions and anomalies to ensure they seek treatment before any undiscovered issues occur.

  • 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.

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