Kean Professor Matthew Niepielko Receives Prestigious NSF Award to Support Genetic Research and STEM Education
Jan 30, 2023
Kean University Assistant Professor Matthew G. Niepielko, Ph.D., has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to fund genetic research while supporting students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. As one of the most prestigious NSF awards for faculty members beginning their careers, the CAREER award will provide $829,000 to Niepielko’s lab over five years and fund research into the genes that influence fertility. Niepielko teaches computational biology in The Dorothy and George Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology (CSMT).
Kean Receives $4.5 Million Grant for Mental Health Program in Belleville Schools
Jan 11, 2023
A $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund a Kean University program designed to increase diversity among school psychologists while proactively addressing student mental health in the Belleville School District. The Kean Department of Advanced Psychology, which offers graduate degrees in school and clinical psychology, is placing students in internships and externships to help develop the BeWell Mental Health Initiative in Belleville’s schools.
$1,641,645 NSF Award Opens The Door for Improving Success in Cybersecurity and Data Science
Kean University has received a $1,641,645 grant under the supervision of the Project Director Patricia Morreale.
The NSF ASK Scholars program provides an opportunity for social science research to generate new knowledge that emphasizes economic opportunity and systemic institutional support, as well as career development efforts that aim to clarify career options while providing learning experiences that improve retention for students in growing subfields of data science and cybersecurity.
The Watson Institute for Public Policy receives $101,923 from the Economic Development Administration
Under the supervision of the Project Directors Barbara George Johnson and Joseph Youngblood, The Kean Center for Business/Workforce Development, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship project will support business development and sustainable and vibrant business activity within the state and region. Additionally, the project will offer advance business development through small business technical support and support for disaster recovery and resiliency, statewide.
NJ High School Students Receive On-Going Support Through Kean Upward Bound Award Renewal
Kean has been awarded $345,728 from the Department of Education to continue offering academic support to low-income and first generation high school students. The Upward Bound program is one of several TRIO programs and equips students with the academic skills and training they need to succeed at the post-secondary level. As a result of this funding, Kean University Upward Bound is able to serve six New Jersey high schools.
Restorative Justice Program Gets Renewed for Year 2
For a second year, NJDOE has awarded $500,000 to Kean University through the Restorative Justice in Education grant. With this funding the university will continue to contribute towards the development of trauma informed restorative justice practices in public schools. Through content development, training, and technical assistance the Restorative Justice grant allows Kean to support NJDOE in turning this three-year pilot program into a sustainable and lasting project.
USDOE Awards $261,878 for Student Equity Accessibility
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant to Kean University. This grant will help Kean prepare under- represented students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of this grant is to promote equity in student access to educational resources and opportunities.