Q: When is my application due?
A: The application must be received by May 27, 2016.
Q: When will I be notified if I am accepted?
A: After May 27, the Admissions Committee will meet to determine who is accepted. The Committee will take four-to-six weeks to decide and you will be notified by early July.
Q: How will I be notified if I am accepted or rejected?
A: You will be notified by regular mail and/or email.
Q: When are the conferences?
A: The conferences will take place on Saturdays in the fall and winter of 2016, as well as the spring of 2017.
Q: What is the time commitment of the program?
A: The program follows the academic year and starts in September and ends in May. All students are required to attend the four conferences that take place during that time period and which are exclusively on Saturdays. In addition, students have the option of attending any of the field trips that take place throughout the year to different STEM institutions. Finally, each student will be part of a research project either as a leader or researcher. Although time is set aside at each conference for the research project, most projects can take an additional 10-20 hours to complete over the course of the year.
Q: Are internships part of the program?
A: Yes. This program provides invaluable networking opportunities with STEM professionals and organizations, as well as internship opportunities available exclusively to program participants. In the past, program participants and alumni have secured paid internship positions at some of the top research, academic, and industry institutions in the world.
Q: Is there a fee? Will there be a stipend?
A: There is no fee to participate in this program. Students will not be paid to participate in this program. Students will receive a certificate of completion as long as they meet all program requirements. During conferences, students will be provided a light breakfast and lunch. Students will be expected to provide their own transportation to conferences.
Q: Will transportation be provided?
A: No. Scholars are responsible for their own transportation. They will be provided with directions on how to get to each of the conference sites.
Q: I am a parent or guardian. What happens once I drop my child off at the conference?
A: You will be notified in advance of the expected length of each conference and when you should drop off and pick up your child.
Q: Is this a state-sanctioned program?
A: Yes. This program was co-founded by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Secretary of Higher Education. For more information, see the video announcing the program here a letter from the state authorizing the program here.
Q: Do I have to be from New Jersey to apply?
A: No. In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled in a New Jersey school or be certified as a home schooled student in this state.
Q: What if I can’t go to all the conferences, should I still apply?
A: No. The Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is a commitment and a condition of acceptance is attending all four conferences held on four Saturdays in the fall and spring. Applicants will be asked to sign a contract of commitment before being considered for acceptance into the program.
Q: I am a STEM professional and would like to volunteer for this program. Are there opportunities for me?
A: Yes! The program is actively seeking STEM professionals who are interested in mentoring our scholars or serving on a volunteer basis. Please contact David Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 274-8336 if you are interested.
Q: Is there an age limit to the program?
A: Students who are older than 25 by the time the application is due are ineligible to apply.
Q: I participated in this year's class, and I would like to re-apply to participate in a future class. Can I?
A: While we do not have a blanket rule prohibiting students from applying, it is unlikely that you would be admitted to a future class due to our program’s goal of serving as many students as possible. However, there will be opportunities for program alums, including mentorships, field trips, and job opportunities. If you are interested in mentoring a future class, or if you have other suggestions, please contact David Hodges at email@example.com or (973) 274-8336 if you are interested.
Q: I have a question that is not answered here. What do I do?
A: All questions not answered here should be directed to David Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 274-8336.