The 2019-2020 school year opened with some exciting news for junior Vivian Chen. The Research & Development Council of New Jersey recently announced that Vivian was named to this year's class of NJ Governor's STEM Scholars. According to the official release below, the GSS program is a "public-private partnership among the R&D Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and Fortune 500 companies, designed to immerse the top STEM talent in grades 10 through the doctoral level in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and bolster the State’s education and career pipeline." This opportunity was opened up to students in Stuart's Upper School STEM Endorsement program. Congratulations to Vivian!
Official Press Release
The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is honored to present the 2019-2020 class of the Governor’s STEM Scholars (GSS). The GSS Advisory Board selected 95 of New Jersey’s best and brightest STEM students to join the sixth Governor’s STEM Scholars class. The scholars hail from twenty of the twenty-one counties in New Jersey. To meet them, please click here.
The Governor’s STEM Scholars program is a public-private partnership among the R&D Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and Fortune 500 companies, designed to immerse the top STEM talent in grades 10 through the doctoral level in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and bolster the State’s education and career pipeline.
“These students are the future innovators in STEM,” said Larry O’Connell, chair of the R&D Council. “By joining this program, these scholars are getting an introduction to New Jersey’s robust STEM economy. There isn’t another program like it in the country.”
The students chosen to be a part of GSS have demonstrated exceptional performance and leadership in STEM both in their schools and in their communities across the State. They were selected by an eight-member Advisory Board that has decades of collective experience with STEM in government, academia, and industry. To be introduced to the Governor’s STEM Scholars Advisory Board, please click here.
“New Jersey is one of the best places in the world to explore a STEM education or career,” said Anthony Cicatiello, president of the R&D Council. “The Governor’s STEM Scholars is a truly unique opportunity to get hands-on STEM experience and work side-by-side with industry, government, and academic leaders in a one-of-a-kind environment for innovation.”
The program’s first event of the year will be at Rutgers University on Saturday, September 28th. The topic is STEM in Government and the scholars will learn from professionals working in cybersecurity, national security, and environmental protection, among other professions. They will also be introduced to the concept of “STEM citizenship,” visit campus research laboratories – such as the Astronomy and Physics Laboratories, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, and the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience – and begin working on research projects in a team setting.
Governor’s STEM Scholars Director Dr. Rebecca Lubot states, “The research component of the program is designed so that the undergraduate and graduate students gain experience mentoring the high school students, in addition to being mentored themselves. She also notes that GSS places a special emphasis on encouraging women in STEM.
Throughout the remainder of the academic year, the scholars will continue their research project work, obtain internships, participate in field trips and “in conversation” events, and network with STEM thought leaders from across the State.
Through collaboration among industry, academia, and government organizations, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey provides leadership and programming to grow and strengthen STEM in education, innovation, and the economy. More information can be found on the R&D Council’s website: www.rdnj.org.
Spearheaded by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s STEM Scholars program is a public-private partnership that supports the education and career pipeline by immersing scholars in grades 10-doctoral level in the NJ STEM economy. GSS is sponsored by the following: RBC Capital Markets, SubCom, PSEG, The Allergan Foundation, Becton Dickenson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Celgene, Hackensack Meridian Health, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, and The Schumann Fund For New Jersey. Quarterly symposiums are held at: Rutgers University, Rowan University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Kean University. More information is available at: www.govstemscholars.com.