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.

  • Rianna  Grissom
    Applied Psychology & Prevention Science

    Rianna Grissom does research on how stereotypes and prejudices affect biracial and multiracial people.

  • Meaghan O’Brien
    Business Administration

    Once unsure if she would physically be able to get through college, Meaghan O’Brien landed a director position at the Lowell Regional Transit Authority while wrapping up an MBA.

  • Michelle Palladino
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Zachary McCann
    Computer Science

    Zachary McCann developed computer science skills while working in Prof. Fred Martin’s lab and as a peer leader for SoarCS.

  • Collin Duffley
    Nuclear Engineering

    An elbow injury may have thrown the promising baseball career of Collin Duffley for a curve, but fortunately he still has his nuclear engineering career to fall back on.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • Deirdre  Hutchison
    History

    Deirdre Hutchison was ‘terrified’ when she began college at 47.

  • Matt Macioci
    Mechanical Engineering

    Thanks to professional co-ops at New Balance and Teradyne, mechanical engineering major Matt Macioci has designs on a future career working with complex machinery.