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Ramapo College Students Further Their Education Through Research and Work During Summer Break

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)May 25, 2006

(Mahwah) – A number of students enrolled at Ramapo College of New Jersey will spend their summer breaks pursuing prestigious research and internship opportunities here and abroad.

  • Siquina Anthony is an international cooperative education student who will work in Venezuela for EIS Energy Company.  She is enrolled in Ramapo’s School of American and International Studies.
  • Harrison Gilbert, a political science major enrolled in the College’s School of American and International Studies, secured an internship with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.  The private, non-profit corporation works to expand Detroit’s economic base by attracting new businesses to the city.  He’ll work with project management to rezone several parts of the city using Geographic Information Systems, a digital mapping software program used for urban planning purposes.  The sophomore, who is interested in a career in urban planning, recently received Ramapo College’s New Student Achievement Award.
  • Gadareth Higgs, a student in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, will attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Marlie Massena, an international cooperative education student enrolled in the College’s School of Contemporary Arts, will spend the summer at the
    University at Lille in France.  She will be responsible for communication and
    publicity, updating a Website, creating programs and welcoming artists for Les Tres Riches Heures de l’Orgue en Berry, a festival featuring organists.
  • Ravneet Nagi has been accepted into the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program in the NIH Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania.  Nagi, who completed her junior year and has a double major of chemistry and biology, is enrolled in Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science.  She will work with a mentor to conduct colon cancer research.
  • Nitika Paudel, who is enrolled in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, will attend a summer research program at the Mayo Clinic.
  • Sophie Okolo, a cooperative education student enrolled in the College’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science, has received funding to perform research at Duquesne University Undergraduate Research Program.
  • Vanessa Faxas and Stacey Lococo have been named 2006 Wachovia Bank/NJDCA Housing Scholars.  Both are social work majors in the College’s School of Social Science and Human Services.  They will receive training at the New Jersey Institute of Technology prior to beginning the internships.  The program, a partnership between Wachovia Bank, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is designed to influence the creation of affordable housing in New Jersey.  Since 1989 students majoring in architecture, civil engineering, public policy and administration, management, social work and urban studies have worked within various community-based non-profit housing organizations to provide agencies with technological and managerial support. Faxas will intern at the Elizabeth Development Company in Elizabeth, NJ.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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