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Cristini, Dr. Angela and Halpern, Dr. Teodoro

The donor of this scholarship, who wishes to remain anonymous, shared information on his motivation for starting this award:

“Becoming a physician, and fueling my great love of science has come from a variety of great educators…..Mrs. Richman, 8th-grade Earth Science, Mr. Visco, first Physics teacher, and Mr. Agnostakos in Anatomy and Physiology.

Two of my most influential professors, however, were Dr. Angela Cristini and Dr. Teodoro Halpern at Ramapo College. Over 35 years after graduation I still admire and keep in touch with these two professors who gave me the gift of inquisitiveness and fueled my desire to learn.

Field trips to the Jersey shore with Dr. Cristini to catch crabs and study the negative effects of organic pollutants on crabs has made me an advocate for a “clean ocean” and given me an environmental conscience.

Dr. Halpern expanded my knowledge of Physics in such a way that I am forever doomed into looking at life through a physicist’s eye….. always studying the underlying forces.

The knowledge gained from these two professors and others at Ramapo College served me well through medical school and my residency. It has led me to become a board-certified physician as well as chief of my department. I am also the chair of several hospital committees. In addition, as an attending physician, I am required to teach on a daily basis.

This scholarship is my way of honoring two people who have given me so much. I hope my teaching is as inspiring for others as theirs was for me.

Thank you Ramapo College!”

  • For a Junior or Senior Biology, Biochemistry, or Physics major
  • GPA 3.5+
  • Student must be on track to apply to a Masters, PhD or PA program, or Medical, Osteopathic or Dental School

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2020 Recipient

Kaylah Birmingham

Kaylah Birmingham is a Biology major/Chemistry minor from Jefferson, N.J. She has a 3.99 GPA and is a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and is vice president of Sigma Xi Research Honor Society. At Ramapo, Kaylah is president of the Beekeeping Club, secretary of the Biology Club, and she has been a Peer Facilitator for three years. She also enjoys working as a science tutor and a teaching assistant.

She has also been involved in research since her sophomore year, and she participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Redox Biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the summer of 2019.

She will be attending Weill Cornell as a graduate student as a part of their Pharmacology Ph.D. program. “I hope to someday work in research and academia.”


2018 Recipient

Holly Goldfarb

Holly Goldfarb of Marlboro, N.J. is a Biology major with minors in Human Rights and Genocide Studies and Neuroscience. She has a 3.759 GPA, has made the Dean’s List five semesters, and has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Holly is active in the Peer Facilitation program, helping first-year students adjust to college. She also works on campus in the Athletic Training Room, and previously worked in the Cahill Center. In addition, she has been an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed community service fraternity, since the spring 2015 semester and served on their executive board for two years.

“I’m interested in becoming a nurse to combine my passions for science and helping others.”


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