Campus Advisory Classes are in session remotely through the end of spring semester. Our satellite centers in Manhattan, Hudson Valley and Suffolk County are closed; however, all staff and units are accessible remotely. Adelphi's Garden City campus is operational with only essential personnel on-site. » COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus Updates on Operations: Department or campus operations may be modified during this time. Please call or email the department for more information or visit



June 24, 2019

Faculty Awarded Grants to Support Long Island Students and the Environment

In May 2019, Adelphi University announced receiving National Science Foundation grants for nearly $1.7 million. This month we report that more of our faculty have been awarded grants totaling $144,200.

  • Cindy Maguire, PhD, associate professor and director of the art and art history program, received a $10,000 grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation in support of the Adelphi University STEAM Lab. At Adelphi’s STEAM Lab, our faculty members partner with public school teachers to offer workshops that provide students with a variety of materials and tools for hands-on activities using technology and equipment such as a 3D printer, green screen video backdrop, Photoshop and movie editing software. To accommodate a growing number of New York City pre-K–12 students, The Hyde and Watson Foundation provided support for equipment.
  • Salvatore J. Petrilli ’05, MA ’06, EdD, associate professor and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, and Kees Leune, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, received a $100,000 New York Empire State Development grant to create a new Computational and Informatics Center to support advanced training in scientific computing, information technology, software engineering and data analysis. The high-impact, hands-on facilities and technology will create the necessary resources for the exploration of new ideas and offer high-tech collaborative workspaces for students, faculty, alumni, pre-K–12 students and educators. This expansion project will allow Adelphi to meet this growing demand and is essential to accelerate the local and regional workforce development and economic growth.
  • Aaren Freeman, PhD, associate professor of biology and graduate coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program, was awarded a $19,200 grant from the Sierra Club in support of the Community Oyster Restoration Effort (CORE) program that he co-founded. The CORE program is helping to restore oyster populations on the Long Island shoreline by collecting oyster shells from local restaurants and using them to create reefs that will provide spawning sanctuaries in protected waters in the Long Island Sound. Projected outcomes of the project include improved water quality in the Long Island Sound and reduced storm flooding in nearby areas.
  • Ganesh Pandit, DBA, associate professor of accounting and law, and Cem Karatas, DBA, clinical assistant professor of finance, received a $15,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation in support of a new financial literacy program for local high school students. The program will enhance access to skills that will improve the short-term and long-term financial security of 25 promising high school juniors from high-need high schools in low-income Long Island neighborhoods including Hempstead, Freeport, Roosevelt, Brentwood and Wyandanch. The students will attend full-day seminars for one week (five weekdays) on Adelphi’s Garden City campus while they are immersed in digital financial literacy education through discussions and hands-on experience, such as the use of Adelphi’s James Riley, Jr. Trading Room featuring 12 Bloomberg terminals.

Want to read more stories like this?

More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
e –

Apply Now
Request Information