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Members of the Ramapo community successfully compete for more than $3 million each year in grants from Federal, State and private sources to support activities that benefit the College.

Meet some of the successful applicants.

Recent Awards

External Grants


Lisa Campbell

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded Lisa Campbell, Director of theArch CA Staff Profile Berrie Center, an $8,000 grant to host Squonk Opera’s performance of “Hand to Hand.”  In FY22 Ms. Campbell also received two grants from the N.J. State Council on the Arts:  $56,910 for performances in the Berrie Center, and $11,670 to bring the arts to school children at P.S. 28 in Paterson, N.J.




Angela CristiniCristini, Angela '07 14

Angela Cristini, Ph.D., director of the Meadowlands Environment Center and a professor of Biology, received two grants, $25,200 from Orange & Rockland to support the Mobile Food Lab, and $15,400 from the National Park Service for “Savor Paterson.”



Cathy Moran HajoPhoto: Cathy Moran Hajo

Cathy Moran Hajo received continued funding for the Jane Addams Papers Project from the National Endowment for the Humanities-Scholarly Editions and Translations ($200,000) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission ($160,000).  A proposal to the N.J. State Council for the Humanities ($11,520) funded history guides for AP History teachers.  She and Professor Sarah Koenig received a digital humanities grant from Bringing Theory to Practice ($2,000).



Michael Riff

Michael Riff, Ph.D., director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, received a $9,000 grant from the N.J. State Council for the Humanities for the Gross Center’s public programming.




Natalia Santamaria-LaordenNatalia Santamaria-Laorden

The U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program provided $160,488 in funding for Dr. Santamaria-Laorden’s project to improve cross-cultural communication.  Dr. Santamaria-Laorden is a professor of Spanish, and co-founder of Ramapo’s certificate in Spanish for the Health Care and Human Services Professionals.




Ramapo College Foundation Grant Allocations 2021-2022
Awardee Project Amount
Eman Abdelfattah Optimizing Deep CNN Architectures for Face Recogitionand Face Liveness Detection            750
Lisa Campbell Squonk Opera Mini-Residency          2,000
Donna Cill Mother Daughter Sharing Experience          2,000
Diane Couzens Laptop Upcycle at Ramapo          2,500
Satarupa Dasgupta Developing a speaker series in Communication Arts with a focus on helath communication and social justice          1,240
Eva Fazzari Fire in California          1,000
Cathy Moran Hajo Experiential Learning at the Jane Addams Digital Edition          2,200
Kokila Kota Investigating the quorum sensing phenotypes of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a polymicrobial setting          2,385
Colleen Martinez 38th Annual Assn. for Play Therapy International Conference            500
Carrie Miller Quantifying microplastics in riverine systems in northern New Jersey          1,000
Joost Monen Examining Flavor Producing Gene Expression in Brewing Yeast: A Faculty-Student Research Collaboration          1,500
Joan Richards Examining the Impact of the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) Clinical Model on the senior nursing students’ perceptions of readiness to practice            900
Suma Somasekharan Structural and Functional Role of NKCC1 in Wound Healing          1,000
Terra Vandergaw Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2/Westchester University of Pennsylvania          2,600