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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    Making an Impact

    Mary Dinnean, RWU Class of 2018

    Public Health

    Mary Dinnean, who graduated with bachelors degrees in psychology and public health, made an impact as a student addressing social justice and public health issues. In fact, she received a national award for her service. She's now a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health.

  • 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, did that that by working with Save The Bay.

  • A headshot of Elizabeth LeMasters

    Fighting Infectious Disease

    Elizabeth LeMasters, RWU Class of 2010


    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


    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


    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

    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 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.

  • A headshot of Kevin Cameron

    Prepared for a Career

    Kevin Cameron, RWU Class of 2016


    When our students graduate, they’re ready to tackle the world and build a successful career. Kevin Cameron talks about how his hands-on experience while at RWU prepared him to land a job at Zeal Hockey.

  • A headshot of Reggie Estinvil

    Combining Marketing and Music

    Reggie Estinvil, RWU Class of 2017


    At RWU, we encourage you to pursue your interests with another major or minor that will give you an edge on your career path. Reggie Estinvil, a senior from Holbrook, Massachusetts, is a perfect example.

  • A headshot of Jospeh Mckenna

    The Foundation

    Joseph Mckenna, RWU Class of 2011

    Criminal Justice

    Joseph McKenna says it was his hand-on, personalized experience in the Roger Williams' Criminal Justice program that laid the foundation for his success as an associate director of research and evaluation for the Texas School Safety Center.