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Michelfeld, Theodore Award

Theodore (Ted) Michelfeld was a founding member of the Ramapo College faculty who served with distinction. At his death in 1996, Professor Michelfeld’s colleague, Theodore Sall, began contributing to the College to create an award in Dr. Michelfeld’s memory. Recipients of the Michelfeld Award are outstanding chemistry students in their junior year and are selected by the chemistry faculty.

  • Outstanding chemistry students in their junior year
  • Scholarship to be used to purchase text books
  • Selected by the chemistry faculty

2021 Recipient

Brian Ng

Brian Ng of Paramus, N.J. is a junior Chemistry major with a minor in Computer Science. He is a member of Relay for Life and the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club.

Brian is in the process of conducting virtual research through the TAS Research Honors Program, where he combines organic chemistry and the HTML programming language. 

Currently, he’s a tutor for general chemistry and plans on tutoring for organic chemistry next year.  After earning a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, Brian wants to become a professor.

2019 Recipient

Alexa Hacopian

Alexa Hacopian of River Vale, N.J. is a Chemistry major with a Mathematics minor. She has a 3.86 GPA, and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Alexa is the president of the Sigma Xi Research Honors Society for her research in analytical chemistry under Dr. Tan.

At Ramapo, Alexa is on the executive board of the College Honors Program, president of the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club and is a tutor in math and chemistry at the Math and Science Tutoring Center. Off campus, she is part of an Armenian dance organization, Antranig Dance Ensemble.

She plans to attend graduate school to pursue her doctoral degree in chemistry.

2018 Recipient

Brian Plucinsky

Brian Plucinsky of Denville, N.J. is a Chemistry major with a minor in Mathematics. He has a 3.985 GPA. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. He has received the CRC Freshmen Chemistry Achievement Award and the ACS Organic Chemistry Achievement Award.

At Ramapo, served as the treasurer for Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity for the 2016-2017 school year, is part of the Theoretical and Applied Science Research Honors program, and is a Teacher’s Assistant for chemistry.

Brian plans to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. “I have a passion for the physical sciences and wish to leave a lasting impact on the world throughout my lifetime, whether through scientific research or community service.”

2017 Recipient

Douglas DeSimone

Douglas DeSimone is a Chemistry major in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science.

2016 Recipient

Daniel Ferrante

Daniel Ferrante is a junior from Palisades Park, NJ majoring in Chemistry.

2015 Recipient

Ryan Werner

2014 Recipient

Andrew Zienowicz

Andrew Zienowicz is a senior majoring in Chemistry. Andrew is a graduate of Madison High School and attended County College of Morris before enrolling at Ramapo. He is undertaking a reseearch project with professor Robert Mentore in the TAS research honors

2013 Recipient

Jill Tracey

Jill Tracey of Newton, NJ is a Chemistry major with minors in Physics and Mathematics. She believes the greatest challenge facing students is gaining work experience in their chosen careers so that they will be considered for entry level positions. For that reason, she thinks all students at Ramapo College should be aware of the value of internships. A scholar/athlete, Jill is a member of the College’s Women’s Swim team and participates in numerous fundraising events involving swimming. She is president of the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club and a member of the Mathematics and Physics Clubs. She has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society, the Golden Key Honor Society and Sigma Athletic Honor Society. Jill has a 3.95 grade point average. Jill plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctoral degree in Chemistry.

This will help me to reach my goal of pursuing my Ph.D. in Chemistry.

2012 Recipient

Stephan Bien-Aime

Stephan Bien-Aime is working with a faculty mentor on a research project in Chemistry. He participated in an internship during the summer of 2011 at Goddard Space Flight Center NASA, and was an intern this past summer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the RISE program. Stephan is majoring in Chemistry, and has earned a 3.93 grade point average. He works on campus as a peer tutor in French, as the Lodge Fitness Center Manager, and as a teaching assistant in the chemistry lab. He is a member of the Chemistry Club and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Stephan is from Bloomfield, NJ.

2011 Recipient

Danielle Mazza

A senior, Danielle Mazza is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Italian, and completed the Business Essentials certificate program. Danielle has earned a 3.99 grade point average. As President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Danielle organizes community service drives and a high school/ middle school outreach program. Last summer she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rutgers. “Next year I will be attending Rutgers in the Master’s of Business and Science program,” she says.

This award will help me on my way to graduate school and validates all the work I have put into college so far. I am honored to be recognized for my studies in Chemistry and inspired to work even harder towards my dream career in the skincare and beauty products industry someday.

2010 Recipient

Alexander Ucci

Senior Alexander Ucci is from Brick, NJ. He is majoring in Chemistry with a Spanish Language Studies minor. Alex works at CVS as a pharmacy technician and on campus is a student ambassador for the Admissions Office. He is involved in the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Chemistry Club. Alex has earned a 3.93 grade point average and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies. “My career goal is to attend graduate school and attain a doctorate in an area of chemistry,” he says.

My current plans include attending graduate school and this scholarship will help me financially in my future endeavors.

2009 Recipient

Tiffany Simons

Tiffany Simons, from Vineland, NJ is a senior majoring in Chemistry who has earned a 3.79 grade point average. Chemistry convener Steve Anderson reports that Tiffany has received a number of awards during her time at Ramapo, including the CRC Freshman Award in Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry award and the Ted Michelfeld Award. She is in the process of applying to graduate schools to pursue a Ph.D. program in Chemistry.

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