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Ramapo Alumna, Adjunct on Front Line of Covid Research

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 12, 2021

Courtesy of CBS-TV News

MAHWAH, N.J. — For more than 50 years, Ramapo College has prepared its students for a lifetime of learning in careers that are both diverse and essential to advancing social and global issues. In the last several months, in particular, the value of the degrees earned by the graduates of Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science, and the extraordinary efforts of these alumni are being recognized.

Alumna Kaelea Composto ’20 was recently featured in a CBS-TV News item about her work at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation in Nutley, N.J. Composto, who earned her B.S. in biology, is one of the Center’s research technicians testing for the new U.K. variant strain of the coronavirus that has been recently detected in the United States. The Center’s manager for the infectious disease laboratory, José Mediavilla, who also was featured in the news clip, also serves as an adjunct professor for the undergraduate genetics laboratory course at Ramapo College.

“It is heartening to see our alumna and our professors conducting research on the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Edward Saiff, dean of Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS). “It’s just one example of our alumni making a real difference and our adjunct professors bringing great experiences to our students.”

Dean Saiff added that Ramapo TAS alumni, as well as faculty from the nursing program, are working in healthcare facilities all over the country on the front lines. “The College is very proud of their efforts and their achievements,” he said.


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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