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The Governor's STEM Scholars provides high-achieving New Jersey STEM students in grades 10 through doctoral level with an introduction to the state's vast STEM economy to retain that talent in the state. 


The Governor’s STEM Scholars brings together New Jersey’s high-achieving STEM students, from grades 10 through doctoral level to connect with STEM professionals and experts, learn about higher education and career pathways in STEM, participate in a STEM research/engineering design project, and acquire important professional development skills.

Discover NJ's STEM Economy

Scholars gain a 360° view of New Jersey’s STEM economy, through four conferences focusing on government, academia, industry, and a commencement.

Network with

STEM Professionals

Scholars will network with the state’s leading STEM researchers and professionals from institutions like New Jersey Institute of Technology, Johnson & Johnson, and the New Jersey General Assembly.

Gain Access to Internships

Scholars will get exclusive access to internship opportunities across the state.

Connect with R&D Executives

Scholars will meet C-level STEM professionals and executives through Fireside Chats, such as former AT&T CEO Dr. Morris Tanenbaum, known as the founding father of the digital age.

Conduct Research

Become a STEM Citizen

Along with students from across New Jersey, Scholars will develop a research/ engineering design project that impacts their community. 

Scholars will compete to be named the state’s leading STEM Citizen.

Explore STEM Facilities & Labs

Scholars will visit top STEM facilities and labs at locations like PSEG, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.

Connect with STEM Enthusiasts

Scholars will join an elite network of young STEM professionals.

Secure NJ's Talent Pipeline

Scholars will ultimately secure the state’s STEM talent pipeline for years to come.


All Governor’s STEM Scholars will participate in a research/engineering design project. Utilizing a UN sustainability goal as a guidepost, Scholars - working in teams - will design a solution that will impact their local community, and will create a strategy, prototype, and outreach plan for this solution. Scholars will present their projects to our panel of STEM industry professionals at the Governor’s STEM Scholars Commencement. All Scholars will be expected to contribute between 5-10 hours of group work between each scheduled conference. 


College-level Scholars will serve as Team Leads for these projects and will be responsible for guiding and mentoring their team through all strategies, deadlines and deliverables. Team Leads will receive a $1000 stipend for completing all required aspects of the Governor’s STEM Scholars program and project.


This is a unique opportunity for college students to gain research leadership experience outside of the classroom. 

Research Projects


The Governor’s STEM Scholars is committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging and to providing a welcoming environment for all Scholars. The Governor’s STEM Scholars seeks out and uplifts applications from students with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diverse ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, locations, abilities, and more. ​

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