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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 27, 2004

(Mahwah) – Dr. Edward Saiff, a professor of biology, recently assumed leadership of the Ramapo College Honors Program. Students selected for the program work directly with faculty on honors projects that provide an added layer of challenge to their coursework and participate in specialized trips and lectures. For the fall 2004 semester, 31 first-year students joined 33 continuing Honors students.

Saiff envisions an invigorated College Honors Program with high-level, academically oriented activities and coursework. Students admitted to the program are accepted based on an application that includes a short essay, their high school record and SAT scores.

I’m excited about it,” he says. This is another challenge; it gives me an opportunity to work directly with the students, which is why I get up in the morning.” Saiff has held many roles at the College, including professor, dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and president of the Faculty Assembly.

He foresees enhancing curricular components of the College Honors Program by linking them to programs Ramapo College directs at the New Jersey Meadowlands Environment Center. I’m hoping to create a faculty lecture series centering around timely events like the election and the history of religion,” he says. He also would like to plan extracurricular activities that have a New Jersey focus, for instance, trips to minor-league baseball games at one of the three regional ballparks or attending programs at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Dr. Saiff’s areas of expertise include neuroscience, vertebrate biology and zoology. He resides in Mahwah, New Jersey.

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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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