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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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    To stoke her love of reading, Sarah Jane 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.

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    Q&A: Summer Research in Forensic Psychology

    Alejandro Leguizamo, Associate Professor


    Hear from Associate Professor of Psychology Alejandro Leguizamo to find out more about the research and impacts his students are making in real communities.

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    Community Researcher

    Sean Varano, Professor

    Criminal Justice

    Sean Varano considers himself a community researcher, and for good reason. He has years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based approaches to crime and public health programs in the local community.

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    Sea Potential

    Andrew Cole, RWU Class of 2016


    Experiential learning is the bridge between education and employment. At RWU, students have opportunities to work with real clients to develop big ideas. Andy Cole worked with international team Sea Potential to develop final submission plans for the DUO Wave Energy Converter.

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    Man of the People

    Christopher Pierce, RWU Class of 2018

    Public Administration (MPA)

    Christopher Pierce, a Los Angeles native, holds a strong passion for advancing a career in public service. At Roger Williams, he's getting the education - both inside and outside the classroom - he needs to be a future leader in the local and national community.

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    Gaining Opportunity Through Research

    Kristina Todorovic, RWU Class of 2018

    Forensic & Legal Psychology

    Kristina Todorovic’s graduate school experience is all about research opportunities. After speaking with students in her program during the admission process, Kristina made the easy choice to enroll at RWU.