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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    On the Cutting Edge of Cybersecurity

    Shakour Abuzneid, Professor and Director of Cybersecurity and Networking

    Cybersecurity & Networking

    Shakour Abuzneid, the new Director of Cybersecurity and Networking at RWU, says he’s ready to build on an already solid program.

  • Lyndsey Sheldon

    A Buckeye Becomes a Hawk: Going Small for Grad School

    Lyndsey Sheldon, RWU Class of 2023

    Forensic Mental Health Counseling

    Lyndsey Sheldon grew up in a small town in Ohio where everybody knew everybody. After undergraduate life as a Buckeye, she knew it was time to find a tight-knit experience for grad school. “When I knew it was time to get my masters and really buckle down, I knew a small community with interactive professors is what I needed,” she said.

  • Marjorie Drew

    Historic Preservation on St. Thomas

    Marjorie Drew, RWU Class of 2019

    Preservation Practices

    After 19 years as a respiratory therapist, Marjorie Drew ’19 wanted a change. Graduating with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from RWU, Drew set out in December of 2019 for a new adventure working as a Historic Preservation Specialist for FEMA in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Headshot of Juan Osorio

    Designing a Positive Experience

    Juan Osorio, RWU Class of 2019, 2020M


    Juan Osorio ’19, ‘20M was inspired to enter the field of architecture by his grandfather and his Colombian roots. Now, he works as an architectural designer at Summit Design and Engineering Services in Cary, North Carolina. 

  • Abigail Clermont wears a NASA shirt

    Supporting the Budget for Space Exploration

    Abigail Clermont, RWU Class of 2020

    Business Administration (MBA 4+1)

    As a child, Abigail Clermont dreamed of working for NASA. The 4+1 Masters in Business Administration program at RWU helped Clermont make her childhood dream a reality. She works as a Financial Analyst for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters Space Communication and Navigation Program within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

  • Morgan Branco stands in front of palm leaves

    A Passion for Forensic Psychology

    Morgan Branco, RWU Class of 2018

    Forensic Mental Health Counseling

    Morgan Branco graduated from RWU in 2018 with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in the Forensic Licensure track (currently the M.A. Forensic Mental Health Counseling program). Now, she is in her third year of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University. She is studying to be a forensic psychologist, and hopes to work in assessment and evaluation upon her graduation. 

  • Headshot of Dorca Paulino

    Supporting Judicial Diversity

    Dorca M. Paulino, RWU Class of 2017

    Public Administration (MPA)

    Growing up, Dorca M. Paulino never imagined she would one day work for the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Now, she serves as the Diversity Director of our state’s judicial branch of government.   

  • Headshot of Diana Imondi

    Keeping Our Roads Safe

    Diana Imondi, RWU Class of 2019

    Public Administration (MPA)

    “With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana we are seeing a huge uptick in marijuana-involved crashes and, unfortunately, fatalities,” said Diana Imondi ’19, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at AAA Northeast. Faced with this crisis, she applied the skills she learned in her RWU Master of Public Administration Program to help drivers stay safe. 

  • Headshot of Beth Flanagan

    Leading the Mission to Cure and Treat ALS

    Beth Flanagan, RWU Class of 2019

    Public Administration (MPA)

    Beth Flanagan ‘19 is ready to lead the fight against ALS, stepping up as the Executive Director of the ALS Association Rhode Island Chapter.