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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  • A headshot of Emma Guillot explains her project

    A Therapeutic Rider

    Emma Guillot, RWU Class of 2018

    Architecture

    In 2017, thanks to a generous gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC, seven Roger Williams University students took on leadership roles at several community projects across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Among them was Emma Guillot.

  • A headshot Kelsey Rogers working in the RWU kitchen

    Raising Awareness

    Kelsey Rogers, RWU Class of 2017

    Graphic Design Communication

    At Roger Williams, Kelsey Rogers discovered there are almost endless ways to get involved and make an impact in the university and surrounding community while gaining the experience necessary for the professional world.

  • A headshot of Angelina Ferrari giving a speech.

    Expanding Her Reach

    Angelina Ferrari, RWU Class of 2017

    Public Health

    Students at Roger Williams try to make life better not only for people in their immediate area but beyond it as well. For example, Angelina Ferrari is taking that passion and bringing it to the greater community as one of this year's Hassenfeld Fellows.

  • A headshot of Mary Dinnean

    Making an Impact

    Mary Dinnean, RWU Class of 2018

    Public Health

    Mary Dinnean, a junior double-major in psychology and public health, is a student making an impact addressing social justice and public health issues. In fact, she received a national award for her service.

  • A headshot of Mikayla Barnwell

    Saving the Bay

    Mikayla Barnwell, RWU Class of 2018

    Marine Biology

    RWU faculty and students go beyond the classroom to work within the community and help provide solutions to local and global issues. Mikayla Barnwell, a marine biology major with mathematics minor, is doing that by working with Save The Bay.

  • A headshot of Elizabeth LeMasters

    Fighting Infectious Disease

    Elizabeth LeMasters, RWU Class of 2010

    Chemistry

    Although Roger Williams University is now more than 1,000 miles away, Elizabeth LeMasters knows that is where she began her journey to becoming an Association of Public Health Laboratories CDC Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow.

  • A headshot of Mary Yurkevicius

    Meaningful Research

    Mary Yurkevicius, RWU Class of 2017

    Biology

    At RWU, students are given opportunities to translate their education into meaningful research that can benefit the community. Mary Yurkevicius has been researching health benefits of various fish species in the Narragansett Bay for the past four years.

  • A headshot of Cayley Dorr

    Exploring Refuge

    Cayley Dorr, RWU Class of 2017

    Dance/Performance

    Learning an art form is a difficult task in and of itself, but using that art form as a tool for social justice is the work of artistic activism. Cayley Dorr worked with Professor Cathy Nicoli and her Advanced Choreography class to express what they’d learned about the refugee crisis through the medium they are passionate about.

  • A headshot of Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D.

    Incorporating Real-World Lessons

    Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department Chair

    Communication & Media Studies

    At RWU our faculty incorporate real world topics that underscore classroom lessons, making the work both relevant and impactful. Dr. Gentles-Peart, Chair of the Communications Department, strives to make her classwork applicable for all students.

  • A headshot of Bill Tracey

    Staying Connected

    Bill Tracey, RWU Class of 2000

    Construction Management

    With an alumni base that’s constantly growing throughout the state, country and around the world, it’s easy to get and stay connected. Bill Tracey, a Construction Management alumnus and President of Trac Builders in Providence, knows the importance of these connections.