In honor of his retirement and in recognition of his years of dedication and service to the University, Rosemarie Halt P'89, MPH'10 and Dr. Claudia Parvanta, professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, worked to establish a fund to honor Professor of Sociology Dr. Joseph W. Ruane.
The Joseph W. Ruane Fund for Social Science Research is meant to encourage students in any program at the University to conduct problem-solving social science research.
Dr. Ruane had been the lead sociologist at the University from 1971 until his retirement this year. He has made a lasting impression at the University, through founding the Department of Social Science, the minors program, over 30 courses, and the psychology major. Dr. Ruane also served on the USciences institutional review board. Although he was a professor of sociology and health, he has exemplified great commitment to the students which included helping to start the Black Student Union, and later the Association of Latin American Students.
Students with advanced undergraduate, graduate, or professional standing may apply for a Ruane grant to support small-scale studies that have the potential to make our world a better place. Research subjects may include any social issue related to population health, education, environmental quality, safety, work, criminality, or community policy making. Students wishing to apply for Ruane funds should complete all steps necessary for submitting a proposal to the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB).