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New Jersey's STEM Scholars Continue State's Legacy of Innovation

Imagine being a college student interested in STEM and having your research honored among your state’s leading inventors and innovators. That is the reality for New Jersey students like Princeton University’s Nathan Suek and Rutgers University’s Matthew Purri, who are student leaders in the Governor’s STEM Scholars, a public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education, and Secretary of Higher Education.

Like many states grappling with the coming retirement of baby boomers and the mobility of young millennials, New Jersey has an urgent need to attract and retain the best and brightest to ensure that the Garden State continues to be a STEM powerhouse. Founded in 2013, the Governor's STEM Scholars gives seventy high school, college, and graduate students a comprehensive introduction to the state’s STEM economy through a series of conferences, field trips, internships, and research opportunities.

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