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Award Winning Faculty and Students

  • February 2019 – MPH student Emma Opthof won first-place in the Non-certified/Student Category of the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, Inc.’s 2018 Infographic Contest. Contestants researched and created infographics to illustrate how CHES or MCHES certification could benefit someone. View Emma’s winning entry (scroll down tot he Student Category).
  • May 2018 Stephanie Annang’s Op-Ed “Finding Root Causes for High Preterm Birth Rates Among Black Women” was published in NJ Spotlight.  The op-ed began as an assignment in Dr. Stephanie Silvera’s “Structures of Inequality in Health” class.  Two other students had op-ed pieces published in their home countries of Dominican Republic (Andri Matos).  Read the full story on finding root causes for high-preterm birth rates among black women.
  • May 2018 – MPH students Alejandra Kaplan and Jacqueline Bavaro were selected to present their poster at the 2018 Eleventh Annual Conference on Health Disparities (NCHD) Research Forum in Philadelphia, PA.
  • December 2018 — MPH student Sarah Jacob receives the Karen Denard Goldman Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education.  Each year, the award recognizes a New Jersey student who demonstrates excellence in academics as well as a commitment to the field of health education.December 2018 — MPH student Emma Opthof receives the Anna Skiff Professional Development Scholarship from the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education.  The scholarship goes to an individual whose scholarship, commitment, and demonstrated potential embodies the skills and competencies of a health education professional.
  • November 2017Drs. Stephanie Silvera, Eva Goldfarb, and Amanda Birnbaum won the American Public Health Association’s Women’s Caucus Award for the highest-scoring abstract at it’s November 2017 conference.
  • December 2017 — MPH student Alejandra Kaplan receives the Karen Denard Goldman Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education.  Each year, the award recognizes a New Jersey student who demonstrates excellence in academics as well as a commitment to the field of health education.
  • December 2017 — MPH student Jacqueline Bavaro receives the Anna Skiff Professional Development Scholarship from the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education.  The scholarship goes to an individual whose scholarship, commitment, and demonstrated potential embodies the skills and competencies of a health education professional.
  • December 2017 — MPH students Jesus Plata and Alejandra Kaplan win Outstanding Poster Awards at the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education’s annual conference.
  • December 2016 — MPH student Monica Rodriguez receives the Karen Denard Goldman Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education.  Each year, the award recognizes a New Jersey student who demonstrates excellence in academics as well as a commitment to the field of health education.
  • 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 Montclair State campus in an effort to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles.  Read more at Food and Water Watch.
  • May 2015 Sivuyisiwe (Ntombi) Wonci was chosen to be the Commencement Speaker for the Montclair State University ceremony.
  • May 2015 – MPH student and Fulbright Scholar Fernanda Andre, a dentist from Mozambique, was one of three Fulbright Scholars from the tri-state areas who was honored at the One To World annual Fulbright awards dinner in New York City. Learn more about Fernanda and other MPH Fulbright Scholars.
  • 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 picked up his award in person at SOPHE’s 66th Anniversary Annual Meeting Awards Gala 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 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 University 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 and Human Services to receive a Professing Excellence Award from 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 enabled him to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the national Society for Public Health Education.
  • 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.