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.

  • David Todisco
    Political Science

    David Todisco says his political science classes, internships and experiences through UML's partnership with The Washington Center are helping him forge a political career.

  • Laurie Agel
    Marine Sciences & Technology

    Software engineer Laurie Agel was looking for a career change in her 40s. Fifteen years later, she has her Ph.D. in marine sciences and technology from UML and is working as a post-doctoral research assistant, studying extreme precipitation and flooding in the Charles and Mystic river basins.

  • Kristin Kihara
    Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

    Kristin Kihara started her own digital magazine, Black, highlighting creators who “aren’t really seen.”

  • Mateo Rull Garza
    Biology

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

  • Fahad Alden
    Digital Media

    Fahad Alden found his niche at UMass Lowell by joining student government.

  • Jerry Badio
    Criminology & Justice Studies

    Because of the Career & Co-op Center…I was able to land an internship at a courthouse where I am working side by side with an attorney.

  • Christina Sirignano
    History and Education

    A scholarship endowed in memory of the late English teacher and lecturer Socrates Lagios helped Christina Sirignano complete her master’s degree in education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • George Dylan Bistany
    Electrical Engineering

    George Dylan Bistany completed his master’s degree abroad in fall 2019 at the Czech Technical University in Prague.