Award Winning Faculty and Students

March 2016 – The Montclair State Public Health Association, under the leadership of then-undergraduate, now MPH student Alessandro Ciari, took first prize in Food and Water Watch’s Tap-a-Palooza contest, winning funds to install refillable water stations on the MSU campus in an effort to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles.  To read more, go to:

May 2015 –  Sivuyisiwe (Ntombi) Wonci was chosen to be the Commencement Speaker for the Montclair State University ceremony.

January 2015 – Paul Santos, a student in the Master of Public Health program, was selected by The National Office of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) as a recipient of the SOPHE 2015 Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship Award.  This award provides a $1,500 scholarship; only two students (one graduate and one undergraduate) are selected from among nominees from all over the nation.  Santos is scheduled to pick up his award in person at SOPHE’s 66th Anniversary Annual Meeting Awards Gala to be held April 24, 2015 in Portland Oregon.

January 2015 – Master of Public Health student, Valisha Andrus, received a SOPHE 21st Century Student Scholarship, a competitive award which will enable her to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the national Society for Public Health Education in April in Portland, Oregon.

April 2015 -- MPH students Kamila Pavezzi and Maggie Nicholas-Alexander were selected to receive 2015 Montclair State University Outstanding Student Employee Awards.  Pavezzi works for MSU Health Promotion and Nicholas-Alexander works for the Center for Research and Evaluation in Education and Human Services (CREEHS) in the College of Education and Human Services.

October 2014 – The Master of Public Health Program was selected to receive Montclair State University’s Office of Equity and Diversity’s annual Mandela Award.  The award honors students, faculty/staff, organizations/groups and departments/programs that are working to foster and promote diversity at Montclair State University.

September 2014  – Dr. Amanda Birnbaum was selected to receive Montclair State University’s Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Advisor.  The award recognizes faculty and staff who promote student success through their roles as advisors.

May 2014 -- Dr. Eva Goldfarb was one of five faculty members in the College of Education ad Human Services to receive a Professing Excellence Award from The Center for Leadership Development and Campus Connections.  The Professing Excellence Awards are open to all Montclair State University full-time and adjunct faculty.  The purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge those educators who make meaningful contributions to students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.

March 2014 – Master of Public Health student, Paul Santos, received a SOPHE 21st Century Student Scholarship, a competitive award which will enable him to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the national Society for Public Health Education in March.

November 2013 – Dr. Stephanie Silvera received an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (LRP) through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The goal of the Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into research careers that focus on minority health or other health disparity issues. Dr. Silvera’s NIH-funded work on cervical cancer screening qualified her for this additional competitive award, which will pay back half of her student loans.