University Communications

Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Named Director of Sponsored Research

Immaculata University announces that Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Ph.D., has been appointed as director of the Office of Sponsored Research.  In addition to this new responsibility, Sister Susan will continue to teach in the Biology Department.

Sister Susan began her teaching career at Immaculata University in 1998 as assistant professor of Biology.  She was the chair of the Biology Department from 2008-2012.  Her new duties will include pursuing opportunities for grants and funds for academic and research purposes for both faculty and students.  In addition, she will coordinate the Pathways to Success faculty-student enrichment grants funded through Title III.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Immaculata in 1977, Sister Susan continued her education receiving a Master of Science in Biology from Villanova University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.  Sister Susan was instrumental in securing a National Science Foundation grant for Immaculata, worth $595,880, for the STEM Scholars Program in 2011.  This program will recruit and provide scholarships for community college students to complete their bachelor’s degree (more information at www.immaculata.edu/stemscholars).  In addition, she has received multiple mini-grants from the National Institutes of Health.  In 2008 she was the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.  As a prolific researcher and presenter, Sister Susan has contributed written material to various journals and presented at conferences/meetings across the United States.

“I am especially grateful for having the opportunity to encourage undergraduate research at Immaculata and to be able to provide information to students about summer research experiences and, in addition, to assisting faculty searching for funding for their own research,” stated Sister Susan regarding her new appointment.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.