Graduate Stories

The RWU student experience is packed with hands-on projects, real-world opportunities, unique program offerings, personalized interactions with faculty, and much more. All of it meant to help students discover their passions while preparing for a successful career and a fulfilling life. Our students and faculty are scholars, researchers, scientists, architects, and more.

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  • Melissa Russano

    Experimental Social Psychologist

    Melissa Russano, Professor

    Criminal Justice

    Since Dr. Melissa Russano came to Roger Williams University, she’s been sharing her extensive expertise in the field of interrogation techniques with her students and the community.

  • A headshot of Whitney Belton

    A Culminating RWU Experience

    Whitney Belton, RWU Class of 2018


    Whitney Belton's RWU connection started as a high school junior in RWU's Architecture Summer Academy. Today, she is a master's of architecture program graduate who is launching her career.

  • David Cameron on site

    On-Site With David Cameron

    David Cameron, RWU Class of 2012

    Construction Management

    From the Gilbane Building Company field office in the heart of downtown Providence, David Cameron is overseeing the construction of a nine-story high-rise.

  • Headshot of Rebekah Snyder

    An Advocate for Survivors

    Rebekah Snyder, RWU Class of 2016

    Forensic & Legal Psychology

    Rebekah Snyder '16 supported 156 women in delivering their impact statements to confront disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

  • A headshot of Paul Pabis

    A Lifelong Learner

    Paul Pabis, RWU Class of 2017


    Paul Pabis isn’t just a believer in lifelong learning, he’s an embodiment of it. Since earning an initial degree from RWU, Paul has come back twice to further his skills, knowledge and career opportunities.

  • A headshot of Jason Oliver

    Q&A: The MBA Experience

    Jason Oliver, Associate Professor of Marketing, MBA Program Coordinator

    Business Administration (4+1)

    At RWU, it's not just about getting an MBA degree, it's about becoming a leader in business. Jason Oliver believes RWU's program provides this for students. Recently, he answered some questions on the fully AACSB International accredited program.

  • Headshot of Lauren

    Down by the Water

    Lauren Sieving, RWU Class of 2018


    Lauren Sieving takes full advantage of RWU's waterfront campus by jumping into a wetsuit and exploring the underwater world of Mt. Hope Bay.

  • A headshot of Christina Pokwatka

    Maintaining History: A Glimpse into a Capstone Project

    Christina Pokwatka, RWU Class of 2017

    Historic Preservation

    For her capstone project, Christina Pokwatka surveyed structures and created a conditions report on a real evaluation project. Here, she reflects on some of her experience and shows what an RWU historic preservation student sees when they survey historic pieces.

  • A headshot of Sarah DelSanto standing on campus

    A Love of Reading

    Sarah Jane DelSanto, RWU Class of 2017

    Literacy Education

    Sarah Jane DelSanto, who graduated with an elementary education degree from RWU in 2015, has a love of reading. To stoke that passion, DelSanto has returned to RWU as a graduate student. Read her reflections on her experience and what she hopes to achieve.

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    The Entrepreneurial Preservationist

    Ben Bergenholtz, RWU Class of 2013

    Historic Preservation

    With a bachelor’s and master’s in historic preservation from RWU, Ben Bergenholtz ’03 ’12M has built a business of bringing historic buildings back to life.