Founded in 2013, the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is a statewide STEM education initiative for New Jersey students in grades 10 through the PhD level.
A public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education, and Secretary of Higher Education, this program brings together a diverse and representative group of high school and post-secondary student leaders who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and career in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy.
The program selects student leaders who are interested in STEM so that they can be introduced to everything New Jersey has to offer in STEM across all sectors – academia, industry, and government. Through a series of four conferences during the school year, as well as trips to STEM organizations across the state, the Governor’s STEM Scholars provides students with opportunities to closely interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations, and state policymakers to educate themselves about and experience the state’s STEM economy. The program offers scholars mentoring opportunities and enables them to make personal and professional connections that can last throughout their academic and professional careers.
The Governor’s STEM Scholars’ goal is to educate students about STEM opportunities within the state, as well as to encourage New Jersey’s economic development by further developing the state’s STEM talent pipeline.
The heart of the Governor’s STEM Scholars is four themed conferences that aim to mentor, educate, and inspire our scholars by introducing them to accomplished STEM professionals and successful STEM companies, academic institutions, and government research organizations.
- STEM Leadership and Government
- STEM Academia
- STEM Industry
- STEM Economy: Putting all the Pieces Together
Also included in the program:
- A STEM research project: students will be placed in teams and will be required to develop a poster for a research question
- Field trips to research & development facilities
- Face-to-face meetings and discussion panels with STEM professionals and NJ policymakers
- Internships and professional opportunities
- Hands-on learning