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.

  • 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.

  • Varsha Perkins
    Education

    Varsha Perkins loves both her teaching and honors classes.

  • Danielle  Poublon
    Marketing & Management

    Just as she does in the high jump, junior business major Danielle Poublon reached new heights during her operations management co-op at Raytheon.

  • José Archila Quezada
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    José Archila Quezada found support and a network of friends in the MAGIC program, which helps students from underrepresented groups pursue medical school.

  • Matthew Chigas
    Criminal Justice, Security Studies

    Internships in the Middle East and in Nashua, N.H., launched Matthew Chigas on an ambitious career path.

  • Christianto Putra
    Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Christianto Putra conducted research on titanium dioxide, a common food additive, for his dissertation and published the results in the Journal of Nutrition.

  • Alexander Sarazen
    Exercise Science

    Exercise science alum Alex Sarazen ’17 went on to chiropractic school and now treats athletes at his own clinic. He also teaches classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

  • Michael Venetti
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Marine Corps reservist Michael Venetti says the Peace and Conflict Studies master’s program helped him win a Presidential Management Fellowship to work at the U.S. State Department.