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.

  • Shakira Fedna
    Biology

    Shakira Fedna came to UMass Lowell because of the River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students.

  • Andreas Himariotis
    Exercise Science

    A scholarship introduced Andreas Himariotis to research – and a possible career as a sports researcher.

  • Amos Kungu
    Business Administration

    After a globetrotting career in IT, Amos Kungu of Kenya is setting his sights on starting his own company. He's working on a master’s degree in entrepreneurship — while working full time and raising a family.

  • Kristen Reardon
    Finance and Management

    Working as a client services and relationship management co-op at MFS Investment Management debunked a lot of assumptions business major Kristen Reardon had about the financial industry.

  • Evelynn Cousey
    Environmental Science

    As co-president of the Society of Environmental Scientists student organization, Evelynn Cousey has developed leadership skills that she plans to take into a career in environmental policy and law.

  • Sid Iyer
    Plastics Engineering

    Sid Iyer has taken advantage of internships, research opportunities, the DifferenceMaker program and more to pursue his goal: a career in biomedical research and development.

  • Erin McGuire
    Geoscience

    Erin McGuire has been able to ease into her new job as staff geologist at Nobis Group in Concord, N.H., while putting the finishing touches on her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a geoscience option.

  • Cleidir Mendes
    Finance

    A series of mentors helped Cleidir Mendes thrive at UML — and land a job at Fidelity Investments.