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Members of the Ramapo community have successfully competed for over $17 million in funding for grants from Federal, State and Foundation sources to support activities that benefit the College.  Projects include: funding to develop environmental education programming for students and adults with disabilities at the Meadowlands Environment Center; research to uncover the reason for mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress; program support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for artists and arts organizations; and travel for faculty and students for presentations at conferences and artistic performances.

Meet the successful applicants.

Recent Awards

Government and External Foundation Grants

Joe Connell

joe connell

The College received $225,000 over three years from EDUCAUSE to expand the Connect program among transfer students.  Connect provides an early warning system to identify students in danger of failing and has other functions to promote student success.  The project is a joint effort between the Center for Student Success, the Office of the Provost, Institutional Research, and Information Technology.


Angela CristiniCristini, Angela '07 14

Angela Cristini, director of Grants & Sponsored Programs and a professor of Biology, received a second year of funding for the “Middle School University (MSU)” project in the amount of $247,000 from the Paterson Board of Education.  The project provides science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education in two of Paterson’s worst-performing middle schools.  A similar initiative will be started in Little Ferry, NJ this year.  This new project will also provide STEM education in the Little Ferry middle schools, through a $153,400 grant over two years.


Cathy Hajo
kathy hajo

The National Historical Publications & Records Commission (a division of the National Archives) made a grant of $80,382 to the College for the Jane Addams Papers Project.  The Jane Addams Papers Project documents the life and work of Jane Addams, the founder of Hull House in Chicago and well known peace activist and suffragette of the turn of the last century.  The Project is based in SSHGS and is under the direction of alumna Dr. Cathy Hajo ’85.


David Nast / The Office of Specialized Servicesdavid nast

Under the leadership of David Nast, director of The Office of Specialized Services, received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program to provide an array of services for students with disabilities. The grant provides funding for three counselors in the Office of Specialized Services over five years starting in FY 2017. The counselors provide academic advising as well as career counseling and independent living counseling for students with physical and behavioral disabilities. The grant also funds a computer technology specialist and extensive tutoring. A summer bridge program for entering students is also part of the project.


Rosa Mulryan
rosa mulryan

The N.J. Department of Labor granted Ramapo College a $180,000 Skills4Jersey award, to provide skills training for corporate employees in our area.  The grant is administered by the College’s Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, and includes leadership and advanced training for employees of Dress Barn and Prestige Family of Dealerships.  The project is under the direction of Rosa Mulryan, director of The Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (CIPL).


Christian G. ReichReich, C '08

Christian G. Reich, assistant professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, was awarded $187,500 research grant by the National Institutes of Health.  Reich’s research seeks to uncover the reason for mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder that affect 20 million Americans. The three-year grant will continue the research Reich began while associated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.



RCNJ Foundation Grant Allocations 2016
  • Amanda Beecher, Math Contest in Modeling- $1,000
  • Hayley Bruning, Sigma Tau Delta Convention – $2,000
  • Peter Campbell, “Can’t Get there From Here” – $1,500
  • C. Connor, Mapping the American History Textbook Project – $750
  • Kristin Kenneavey, Bystander Intervention Research – $800
  • Iraida Lopez, Cubanist Conference – $750
  • Joost Monen, Development of Monoclonal Antibodies … – $1,800
  • Tom Owen, Development of Reagents and Methods for Using the CRISPR Gene Editing System – $2,000
  • Christian Reich, Cannabinoid Modulation of Stress-Enhanced Fear Learning in Females – $2,000
  • Nicole Rodstrom, 2-D PAGE Enabling Technology – $1,529
  • Stephanie Sarabia, Study Abroad in Ghana – $5,000
  • Paula Straile-Costa, FRN Conference in Greece – $750
  • Gladys Torres-Baumgarten, Business Experience in Peru – $5,000
  • Alexander Urbiel, American History Textbook Project – $1,500
  • Melissa Van Der Wall, Helping Food Insecure Students – $1,861
  • Hilary Westgate, RCNJ Faculty Publications Brochure – $1,000
  • Lisa Williams, FRN Conference in Greece – $750
  • Alex Cardazzi, Predictive Model Basketball Hall of Fame – $500
  • Lisa Lutter, Ramapo Chorale to Ghana – $6,000
  • Patricia Ard, Melissa Anelli, Harry Potter’s Continuing Story – $1,500
  • Edward Shannon, FR Conference in Greece – $750
RCNJ Foundation Grant Allocations 2015
  • Rena Bacon, Regional Meeting of NEAAHP NorthEast Association of Advisors for Health Professions- $500
  • Karen Booth, Expanding Alternative Break Program through First-ever Winter Trip to Costa Rica – $2,200
  • Daniel Buna, Research Collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School – $3,000
  • Peter A. Campbell, John Coldren performance work – $2,000
  • Stephanie Chaiken, Eisenhower Dance Residency – $1,500
  • Christina Connor, Protecting & Preserving the American History Textbook Project Special Collection at the George T. Potter. Library – $925 (Fall), $1,290 (Spring)
  • Meredith Davis, An Intern for the NEH Workshop Implementation – $2,500
  • Meredith Davis, Using a World Class Museum as our Classroom – $1,515
  • Neriko Doerr, NAFSA Study Abroad Conference Presentation – $2,200
  • Michael Edelstein, The Ramapo Mountain Stewardship Program – $1,000
  • Val Flenga, Fall & Spring Projects with Student Aide – $800
  • Shalom Gorewitz, The Spirit of Magloire – $1,800
  • Sidney Jenkins, A Sense of Place: Cap-Haitien Paingins from the Collection of Jonathan Demme catalogue – $3,500
  • Elvira Katic, 2015 Conference Presentation – AERA – $500
  • Pinar Kayaalp, International Conference Presentation in Sorrento, Italy – $4,000
  • Kristen Kenneavy, Eastern Sociological Society Student Research Presentations – $1,704
  • Iraida Lopez, International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association – $5,000
  • Iraida Lopez, An Index for “Impossible Returns: Narratives of the Cuban Diaspora” – $500
  • Gabrial Makar, Pre-Med/PreHealth Club ASBMB Application – $2,639
  • Catalin Martin, Participation to International Conference on Physics of Materials – $750
  • Joost Monen, CPAR-1’s Role in Cell Division and Development Research – $2,000
  • Thomas Owen – Functional Role of Sit-1 in Bone Metabolism – $2,500
  • Thomas Owen – Attendance at the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society – $1,000
  • Steve Perry, Ramapo College Concert Band – $5,000
  • Steve Perry, Fulbright Fellow Rafael Bionciotto – $3,117
  • Emma Rainforth, Microcontroller Applications in Remote Environmental Monitoring – $1,399
  • Christopher Reich, Exploring Adolescent Sex Differences in Endocannabinoid Fuction – $3,200
  • Murray Sabrin, A Symposium, Medicare and Medicaid at 50: Prospects for the future – $2,000
  • Nicholas Salter, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership – $1,000
  • Terra Vandergaw, Preuve D-Amour/Prueba de Amor/Proof of Love – $2,000
  • Ashwani Vasishth, Campus Sustainability Day – Getting a Movement Going – $800
  • Yan Xu, Camparing Food Knowledge and Diet Habit of College Students in US and China’s Metropolitan Areas – $1,500
RCNJ Foundation Grant Allocations 2014
  • Erin Augis, Study Abroad Conference, Morocco & Spain – $1,000
  • Amanda Beecher, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through, MIT’s Male Math Maze – $1,000
  • Peter Campbell, Untitled John Coldren Project – $1,500
  • Campus Special Events, keyboard purchase – $1,448
  • Stephanie Chaiken, New Plays Festival 2014 – $3,000
  • Itay Goren, Open Door Concert Series – $2,000
  • Peter Heinze, Expectations vs. Reality for Sudanese Refugees – $2,000
  • James Hoch, American Academy of Rome – $750
  • Karl Johnson and Niza Fabre, African Diaspora Conference, Dominican Republic – $2,000
  • Elvira Katić, Semiotic Society of America Conference, Dayton, OH – $1,000
  • Elvira Katić, AERA Conference Presentation, Philadelphia, PA – $600
  • Seon Mi Kim, Alternative Community Development in Ithaca – $2,500
  • Iraida López, Russia & Iberian America in a Globalized World Conference, Russia –    $750
  • Gabe Makar (Student), Pre-Med Club Conference San Diego, CA – $1,200
  • Catalin Martin, Studies of Novel Semiconductors – $1,000
  • Joost Monen, Characterizing the Role of CENP-A Cleavage: A Potential Mechanism Critical to Chromosome Segregation in Cell Division – $2,100
  • Eva Ogens, Teacher Education Conference in Hawaii – $750
  • Thomas Owen, Functional Consequences of c-src Inhibition in Osteosarcoma Cells – $1,321
  • Rebecca Root, Institutional Justice in Colombia – $1,000
  • Ellen Ross, Salameno Center for British Studies, Martin Francis Lecture – $900
  • Murray Sabrin, Income Tax Video Symposium – $3,500
  • Stephanie E. Sarabia, Impact of Adult Roles on Substance Abuse: Gender & Sexual Orientation Difference – $1,800
  • Ed Shannon, Student Aide and Electronic Media/Digital – $1,500
  • Ira Spar, Vietnamese Studies/World History Conference, Hanoi, Viet Nam – $1,000
  • Paula Straile-Costa, Russia and Iberoamerica in the Globalized World Conference, Russia – $750
  • Paula Straile-Costa, Research & Promoting Spanish Major – $1,600
  • Loraine Tan, An Assessment of Vitamin D Uptake by UV- Stressed Algae in Freshwater Systems – $1,000
  • Stacie Taranto and Alex Urbiel, American History Textbook Project – $1,500
  • Terra VanderGaw, support for students in the School of Contemporary Arts – $2,000
  • Ashwani Vasishth, Engaging UN Sustainable Development Goals Process from the Grass Roots Out – $2,000
  • Yan Xu, Maximizing Yield & Quality of Greenhouse Herbs – $2,500
  • Behzad Yaghmaian, Greece’s Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Migrants and Asylum Seekers Research – $1,000