Bolstering New Jersey’s STEM education and career pipeline, the Governor’s STEM Scholars program is a public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council, Governor’s Office, Department of Education, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, higher education institutions, and private industries that identifies and develops New Jersey’s next STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) thought leaders.
To qualify, a student must:
- Be enrolled in a New Jersey school, in grades 10 through the doctoral level as of September 2020
- Participate in a STEM program or show a demonstrated interest in STEM
- Hold a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher
- Demonstrate leadership qualities either through participation in school programs or community activities (Leadership does not have to pertain to STEM, although this type of leadership would boost the candidate’s prospects.)
- The student will be required to attend four annual Governor’s STEM Scholars symposiums on STEM opportunities in industry, academia, and government and complete a year-long research project
- Highlights of the program include field trips, such as to Celgene’s facilities in Summit, N.J.