Nutritional science major Catherine York seems to excel in all that she does. She’s a university Research Co-op Scholar and Student Alumni Ambassador as well as the reigning Miss Maine Collegiate America. In her spare time, she volunteers for the American Diabetes Association.

“With Type 1 diabetes, I realized that eating healthy and right is my world so I decided that nutritional science was the major for me,” says York, who studied chemical engineering before transferring to nutritional science in her sophomore year. “My life can be crazy sometimes but it’s easier with the support that I receive from the people at UMass Lowell,” says York.

She chose UMass Lowell because it felt right. “I toured other schools and it didn’t feel like the place where I would be spending my college years,” says York. “When I toured UMass Lowell, I immediately fell in love with the campus, the people and all of the opportunities that I would be receiving here.”

One of those opportunities is her admission into the university’s Research Co-op Scholarship program in which high-achieving students earn money while gaining professional experience.

As a research assistant in the Toxics Use Reduction Institute Laboratory, she helps Massachusetts companies find green cleaning options that work.

“I am so thankful to be receiving this type of real-world experience so soon in my education,” says York. “I look at the public health side of the cleaning processes such as how the cleaners affect workers and ultimately the public.”