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(Mahwah) – A proposal for a chapter project submitted by Ramapo College’s chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, The National Physics Honor Society, has been selected as a seminal recipient by an awards committee.  The proposal, called “Bridges,” aims to engage current physics majors with Ramapo College alumni currently in graduate schools around the country.  The two groups will work together (remotely or at the nearby graduate schools) on small research projects and present their work at the annual Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony.  Ramapo College alumni also are invited to present their work in graduate school as part of the college’s induction ceremony.  The project also will involve high-school students from schools where former Ramapo College physics majors teach the subject.

Dr. Daniela Buna, an associate professor of physics, along with Ramapo College students in the honor society, submitted the proposal.  Three former students currently at Lehigh University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and five sophomore and junior students at Ramapo College are involved in the project.  In a letter announcing the award, Gary White of The National Physics Honor Society stated, “Our plan is to promote your chapter’s activities to other chapters via the Sigma Pi Sigma Website and publications.  The committee was very impressed with the variety of projects proposed.”

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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