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October 13, 2009

Farmingdale State Sees 30 Per Cent Increase In Grant Funding From External Sources

College Attracts $785,000 More in the Last Year

Farmingdale State College's external grant funding has increased by 30 percent over the last year —representing a jump of more than $785,000—according to figures compiled by the grants office, President W. Hubert Keen announced today. The increase is another milestone in the College's overall progress and expansion.

Among the leading grants that have been funded in the past year are a $357,000 grant secured by Congressman Steve Israel to establish a Green Building Institute on campus, a $257,308 award from the National Institutes of Health to Professor Frances Santiago-Schwarz for her research in immunology, $170,000 for the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center for a partnership with Hempstead Public Schools, and $64,000 to Professor Joseph Betz for development of a creative process related to circuit design architecture.

"Farmingdale State College continues to grow in so many critical ways," President Keen said. "One of those ways is to diversify our funding from external sources as the capacity of the state to fund the college diminishes.  Grant and contract funding supports academic programs and research in ways that enrich the educational environment for our students, the regional business community, and the general public."

The College has experienced a 67 percent increase in full-time students since 2000—one of the largest increases in SUNY—for a total student population of more than 7,000. In addition, Farmingdale was recently named one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the Northeast by US News & World Report and was named the second-safest college in the U.S. by the online publication The Daily Beast, which studied federal crime statistics of college campuses nationwide.