Undergraduate 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 are independent thinkers, scholars, leaders, scientists, architects, artists, researchers, world travelers, athletes, and more.

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  • Maija and engineering students

    Q&A: Representing Women in STEM 

    Maija Benitz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


    Being a woman in a male-dominated field such as engineering can be a daunting and challenging task for college students. But professor of mechanical engineering Maija Benitz is using her own

  • DaNelle Ellington

    Working at the Forefront of Environmental Science Issues

    DaNelle Ellington, RWU Class of 2019

    Marine Biology

    Figuring out what to feed farm-raised trout and salmon might not sound like a big deal, but it actually has crucial implications for the planet's health. For a year and half, DaNelle Ellington has

  • Erin Gaglias

    Raising Fire Shrimp for the Marine Aquarium Trade

    Erin Gaglias, RWU Class of 2019

    Marine Biology

    For an entire summer and fall semester, Erin Gaglias worked in the Wet Lab at RWU on an innovative research project that no other scientists in the world are attempting: how to raise Fire Shrimp for

  • photo of Jake

    Solving the Puzzle of Post-Graduate Success

    Jake Souza, RWU Class of 2019

    Computer Science

    After attending a vocational high school with a focus in engineering, Jake Souza ’19 came to RWU sure that civil engineering was the path for him. That is until he took a computer applications class freshman year.

  • Dancer on stage.

    Passion Fuels Career in Dance and Journalism

    Giovanni Pinto, RWU Class of 2017

    Dance/Performance + Journalism

    Roger Williams University dance department recently had the opportunity to catch up with 2017 graduate Giovanni Pinto.

    At Roger Williams, Gio was a double major in both dance and journalism and also

  • Daniel Gortze

    The Importance of Fundamentals

    Daniel Gortze, RWU Class of 2010

    Cybersecurity & Networking

    How do you make your business secure enough so people can’t break into it, while also making sure it's not overly protected to the point where the business can’t function? It’s a puzzle that Daniel Gortze ’10 faces every day.

  • Brianna Smith

    Finding Her Marketing Niche

    Brianna Smith, RWU Class of 2016


    Curiosity kills the cat. At least, that’s what the famous proverb tells us. But for Brianna Smith ’16, a creative strategist with Digital Surgeons, her curiosity helps companies achieve successful marketing results.