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MEET THE GOVERNOR'S

STEM SCHOLARS.

The Governor's STEM Scholars brings together New Jersey’s high-achieving STEM students, from grades 10 through doctoral level to engage with New Jersey's vast STEM economy. 

2021 Governor's STEM Scholars.

The Governor’s STEM Scholars 2021 class is comprised of 75 Scholars from all 21 New Jersey counties. 52 percent of the class self-identifies as female and 68 percent as BIPOC. When they graduate in May 2021, they will join an alumni cohort of nearly 500 Scholars. 

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Antonio Abbondandolo

Somerset County

Antonio Abbondandolo is a junior at the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering.

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Christian Alvarez

Morris County

Christian Alvarez is a Junior at Whippany Park High School where he has been on high honor roll for the last two years.

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Charlotte Basile

Monmouth County

Charlotte Basile is a Senior at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, located on Sandy Hook National Park in Highlands.

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Christian Buckley

Hudson County

After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, Christian Buckley is furthering his studies as a Ph.D. student at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Emerson Conk

Essex County

Emerson Conk is a sophomore currently attending Montclair High School in Montclair.

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Jacob Donnini

Salem County

Jake Donnini is a senior at Woodstown High School in Woodstown.

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Anna Hansson

Hunterdon County

Anna Hansson is a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

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Mulin Huan

Mercer County

Mulin Huan is a junior who attends Princeton High School and is a part of the school’s research program.

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Julia Jankojc

Monmouth County

Julia Jankojc is a junior at Matawan Regional High School, where she is a selected member of the STEM Academy.

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Nitish Kasarla

Morris County

Nitish Kassaria is a Senior at Hanover Park High School in East Hanover.

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Adam Lalani

Morris County

Adam Lalani is a Junior in the Academy for Biotechnology in the Morris County Vocational school district at Mountain Lakes High School.

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Pranay Maniar

Morris County

Pranay Maniar is a fourth year biology major at Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Joseph Mild

Somerset County

Joseph Mild is a homeschooled senior in high school, attending Somerset County Vo-Tech shared time for Agricultural Science.

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Sarah Ou

Monmouth County

Sarah Ou is a senior at Biotechnology High School.

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Akshat Parthiban

Somerset County

Akshat Parthiban is a senior at Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School and an academy student at Raritan Valley Community College.

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Miles Roper

Union County

Miles Roper is a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

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Emma Savov

Atlantic County

Emma Savov is a sophomore at Mainland Regional High School.

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Luke Shao

Middlesex County

Luke Shao is a junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, and is passionate about engineering and medicine.

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Peter Slattery

Camden County

Peter Slattery is a senior at Cherry Hill High School East.

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Carina Trama

Bergen County

Carina Trama is a senior at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood.

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Nicole Vaccaro

Monmouth County

Nicole Vaccaro is a junior in the STEM Academy at Matawan Regional High School.

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Jacob Wierer

Passaic County

Jacob Wierer is a senior at Lakeland Regional High School.

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Aaron Yengbie

Mercer County

Aaron Yengbie, a first-generation college student, hails from Monrovia, Liberia, a country shattered by fifteen years of civil unrest.

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Samvit Agarwal

Mercer County

Samvit Agarwal is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South.

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Saniya Attar

Hudson County

Saniya Attar is currently a Masters student at Stevens Institute of Technology, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

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Vimbisai Basvi

Hudson County

Vimbisai Basvi is a senior at North Bergen High School.

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Shelyn Castellanos

Hudson County

Shelyn Castellanos is a senior at Memorial High School.

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Gabriella Cubelo

Ocean County

Gabriella Cubelo is a senior at Toms River High School North.

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Mohamed Eraky

Hudson County

Mohamed Earky has a Bachelor and M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University.

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Lukas Harmeyer

Bergen County

Lukas Harmeyer is currently a junior at the Bergen County Academies.

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Shariqa Iqbal

Morris County

Shariqa Iqbal is a sophomore at the Morris County Academy for Biotechnology located at Mountain Lakes High School.

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Melissa Jara

Bergen County

Melissa Jara is an international student who came to the United States after graduating from High School in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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Edward Kim

Bergen County

Edward Kim is a senior at Tenafly High School.

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Emily Lee

Bergen County

Emily Lee is a senior in the Academy for Medical Science Technology at Bergen County Academies.

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Matthew McPhail

Morris County

Matthew McPhail is a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange.

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Melissa Nanotkar

Bergen County

Melissa Nanotkar is a junior at Paramus High School in Paramus.

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Anjali Panchu

Essex County

Anjali Panchu is a freshman at Rutgers University – Newark.

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Parthavi Patel

Somerset County

Parthavi Patel is a junior in the Agricultural Sciences program at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School.

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Justin Roskam

Warren County

Justin Roskam is a recent graduate of County College of Morris, where he received his associate’s degree in pre-professional Biology.

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Aarsha Shah

Somerset County

Aarsha Shah is a junior at the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences in Somerset County.

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Aleece Siner

Camden County

Aleece Siner is a Biology and Spanish major at Camden County Community College.

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Ved Sriraman

Middlesex County

Ved Sriraman is a senior at Piscataway High School who is interested in theoretical physics and aerospace engineering.

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Kennedy Truong

Sussex County

Kennedy Truong is a junior at Vernon Township High School.

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Dalilah Valadez

Passaic County

Dalilah Valadez is a junior at Diana C. Lobosco STEM Academy in Wayne.

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Delmond Wyllis

Gloucester County

Delmond Wyllis’s journey began in the tropical island of Dominica, a place that would foster his imagination and urge to explore what this world has to offer.

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Gavin Zhao

Bergen County

Gavin Zhao is a senior at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack.

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Abdullah Alhaddad

Passaic County

Abdullah Alhaddad is a Senior studying Molecular Biology at Montclair State University.

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Suchit Bapatla

Morris County

Suchit Bapatla is a senior at the Academy for Mathematics Science and Engineering in Rockaway.

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Lauren Brenner

Union County

Lauren Brenner is a Senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

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Charly Castillo

Hudson County

Charly Castillo is currently a junior at Weehawken High School.

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Dahlia Diaz

Hudson County

Dahlia Diaz is currently a junior at José Martí STEM Academy.

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Ansh Gadodia

Middlesex County

Ansh Gadodia is a junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South.

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Margaret Hillyer

Monmouth County

Margaret Hillyer is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Chemistry at Rutgers University where she transferred after completing her A.S. in Chemistry from Brookdale Community College.

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Anisha Jackson

Morris County

Anisha Jackson is currently a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School.

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Sonya Jin

Mercer County

Sonya Jin is a junior at Stuart Country Day School. Sonya plans to pursue computational neuroscience in the future.

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Vrushali Koli

Mercer County

Vrushali Koli is an undergraduate senior co-enrolled in the Computer Science B.S. degree program at the Newark College of Engineering and the Honors program at the Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

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Joey Li

Essex County

Joey Li is a senior at Livingston High School.

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Bahram Mehretu

Essex County

Bahram Mehretu is from the East African nation of Eritrea.

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Diana Neste

Hunterdon County

Diana Neste is a junior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, where she leads the Math League and is president of the Girls Who Code club.

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Kristen Park

Monmouth County

Kristen Park is a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft.

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Elizabeth Rehwinkel

Union County

Elizabeth Rehwinkel is a senior at the Academy for Performing Arts in Union County where she has been inducted into the National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and the International Thespian Society.

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Estefan Santi

Bergen County

Estefan Santi is an undergraduate chemical biology student from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Prerna Shankar

Hunterdon County

Prerna Shanka is a junior attending North Hunterdon High School.

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Divjyot Singh

Hudson County

Divjyot Singh is a junior at the New Jersey Institute of Technology located in Essex County.

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Sruthi Suresh

Middlesex County

Sruthi Suresh is a senior at the Middlesex County Academy of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies.

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Arya Tschand

Monmouth County

Arya Tschand is a senior at High Technology High School in Lincroft.

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Ethan White

Burlington County

Ethan White is a senior at Northern Burlington High School with a passion for electronics.

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Krystal Yearis

Gloucester County

Krystal Yearis is a senior at Clearview Regional High School.

2020 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

Manuel Ackattupathil
Aderonke Adejare
Moyinoluwa Blessing Akeju
Conor Allan
Jean Alvarez
Bernice Amankwah
Rudra Amin
Samuel Anchipolovsky
Antoinette Antonucci
Christian Arenas
Johan Ayala
Luke Barglow
Jagdeep Bhatia
Dariel Bobadilla
Molly Cantillon
Ava Casale
Nina Casselberry
Bhavana Chamarthi
Walter Chang
Gautam Chawla
David Chen
Sophia Chen
Vivian Chen
Kishore Chidambaram
Priscilla Chinchilla
Jordan Choi
Natalie Chung
Rachelle Dubuisson
Joseph Espinal
Julia Fleming
Emelin Flores
Isabela Fuentes
Akshay Ghandikota
Galena Gomez
Julia Granato
Daphne Hao
Karisma Holloway
Jeffrey Hsu
Aruj Jain
Amna Jan
Sihan Jiang
Mariam Kamerji
Brian Katat
Tejas Kaushik
Arielle Kopp
Tiffany Lau
Eun-Soe Lee
Dianni Leon
Eli Levenshus
Winston Li
Neha Malepati
Stephanie Martinez
Rachel Mason
Sofia Milone
Keerti Mukkamala
Emilia Nathan
Timothy Nuber
William O'Brien
Laura Osorno
Uma Padmanabhan
Ujjayi Pamidigantam
Shivani Patel
Sagar Patil
Isabella Pham
Adwik Rahematpura
Mahfuza Rahman
Dhruv Reddy
Anisa Robinson
Srikar Sadhu
Sharon Samuel
Megan Santhumayor
Arya Sasne
Isabella Serrano
Danielle Serrao
Rameen Shah
Rishi Shah
Vonesha Shaik
Eshaan Sharma
Jonas Simmons
Simar Singh
Aavya Srivastava
Tanush Swaminathan
Allie Tay
Amanda Tong
Kristin Tsay
Adelajda Turku
Brian Uribe
Trang Vu
Melissa Wade
Anna Xia
Aaron Yagnik
Juliana Yang
Bill Zhang
Sophie Zhang

2017 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

Bianca Gabrielle Acot
Kunal Adhla
Ashima Agarwal
Shivani Aggarwal
Mahaa Ahmed
Rohit Aita
John Anderson
Madalyn Arcrio
Michael Bai
Anthony Berninzon
Niranja Bienkowska
Victoria Bigdelle
Jessica Binkiewicz
Anjali Bordoloi
Anthony Brady
Morgan Brattstrom
Sofia Castro-Pedrido
Aydan Celik
Mohamad Chacha
Amber Chan
Hannah Chen
Nicholas Cook
Sandeep Dhagat
Marissa Dolch
Kathleen Falcon
Gabrielle Farrell
Jaquline Fezza
Nicholas Fotopoulos
Claire Furino
Allison Gasnick
Jiawen Ge
Julissa Gesumaria
Ravi Ghandi
Cindy Gnawa
Jason Gong
John Goodman
Daniel Gruspir
Daniel Gulko
Liza Guner
Sonia Gupta
Amel Hassan
Eric He
Farrell Heather
Brandon Hickson
Mikako Rose Inaba
Nandini Issac
Nishat Iyenger
Ryan Jin
Jason Kaplan
Trisha Kaudinya
Christopher Kiel
Eric Kohn
Yashwee Kothari
Lev Krasnovsky
Shruti Kumar
Sylvia Ludwick
Lawrence Luo
Yichuan Ma
Samantha Magda
Kanav Mahajan
Karan Mahesh
Chelsea Mann
Raniya Martin-Davis
Meghna Mehta
Anne Mkrtchyan
Sylvia Mohammed
Joseph Montesano
Trisha Mukhopadhyay
Saachi Pai
Alyssa Parchure
Ayush Parikh
Loreidaly Perez
Gladis Phillips
Christina Ping
Aditya Rao
Gabriella Romero
Mathew Roskoski
Nikita Shah
Priansh Shah
Saumya Sharma
Sneha Sharma
Matthew Shih
Emily Sinicalco
Mike Solan
Ken Stier
Ananya Swaminathan
Molly Szpakowski
Krishnaveni Tadi
Rajan Thaalank
Rishita Thambireddy
Neelay Trivedi
Melissa Tu
Nupur Turakhia
Athmika Vaseehran
Issac Velasquez
Emily Walsh
Berton Wang
Calvin Wang
Grace Wang
Jason Wong
Erica Wu
Yiyang Wu
Joy Xie
Arvind Yalavarti
Kelly Yu
Celina Zhou
Mary Zsolway

2019 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

Margaret Agajanov
Sanskar Agrawal
Azka Asim
Samantha Augustin
Yash Bajaj
Eesha Balar
Jenna Bargfrede
Jack Batt
Anthony Bishara
Jonathan Blaya
Thomas Bocian
Jack Campanella
Ludwin Chavez
Jesse Cheng
Priyanka Chowdhury
Maya Connors
Ashley Diem
Jax DiEugenio
Edward Dimbo
Sambhavi Dwivedi
Mohammad Fauzan
Francesco Ferrara
Alexander Fezza
Dylan Fitzgerald
Meghan Flynn
Ricardo Garcia
Kaylea Gaughan
Catalina Gaviria
Arianna Gehan
George Gerber
Yasmine Ghattas
Mahika Goel
Sebastian Gomez
Sofia Graziano
Anusha Gunti
Sara Hansson
Sherouk Hassan
Mishael Hernandez
Kaitlyn Heyt
Taylor Hickey
Sabina Hobschaidt
Serena Huang
Julia Jeong
Vijay Josephs
Neil Kadian
Avinash Kumar
Shweta Kumar
Boyan Lazarov
Rebecca Leavens
Grace Levey
Jason Li
Isabelle Lin
Yuri Lin
Alexander Luo
Aakriti Mathur
Everett McArthur
Henry McIntyre
Koushik Muralidharan
Hung Nguyen
Christiana Ntim
Afnan Nuruzzaman
Erik Ossner
Srija Patcha
Kevin Pemberthy
William Perry
Manisha Persaud
Anna Prilutsky
Michael Sanchez
Annika Sharma
Neil Slighton
Keia Smith
Saneel Sreeni
Marissa Teitelbaum
Rachel Tiersky
Jevon Torres
Davis Tran
Manya Trehan
Andrew Van Lare
Elise Vergos

2016 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

Marwa Abdulhai
Michael Abelar
Benjamin Boxer
Pierce Burgin
Olivia Chan
Monika Chung
Maria De Abreu Pineda
Ernest Dimbo
Jacob Edelman
Michael Fuerst
Veda Gadiraju
Rachel Gleyzer
Anekha Goyal
Ryan Healy
Brad Hong
Kathie Jin
Richard Kim
Stefani Kocevska
Gabrielle Kozlowski
John Liang
Tina Lu
Rohan Mallya
Brandon May
Thomas McBride
Briana McRae
Yash Metha
Victoria Momyer
Deblina Mukherjee
Brendan Mulvihill
Madona Nasim
Brenda Okereke
Merve Pekdemir
Anna Pietrzak
Alyssa Pitt
Francesca Puglia
Sneha Rampalli
Saira Reyes
Brad Ritschel
Patrick Roach
Mohnish Sabhani
Rachel Sadovnik
Mustafa Salim
Justin Seay
Paulo Serodio
Seo Bo Shim
Meghana Singh
Maureen Stephen
Nathan Suek
Gillian Teitelbaum
Samiksha Vittalraj
Leah Womelsdorf
Tyler Wu
Michelle Yao
Olivia Yao
Amanda Zhang
Jasen Zhang
Jessica Zhang
Tiffany Zhao
Ryan Zogheb

2018 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

Ritvik Agnihotri
Elizabeth Aguirre
Rohit Aita
Sanjana Akula
Kathryn Armstrong
Declan Barnes
Sreeta Basu
Ida Behreini
Naomi Benenson
Gabriella Buono
Claudia Carranza
Anjali Chakradhar
Amber Chan
Catherine Chen
Brian Cherin
Sergio Crespo
Atirath Dhara
Max Difazio
Ariana Eastwood
Ifeoluwa Ebigbola
Sathya Edamadaka
Julia Ellis
Tiffany Fang
Alec Fox
Pablo Galao Birkman
Elisabeth Gallou
Gurshan Gill
Mariana Goldlust
Abinitha Gourabathina
Anjali Gupta
Mohammed Hassan
Makayla Jeffries
Ana Jesus
Christopher Kang
Vivek Kasarla
Saamia Khan
Yashwee Kothari
Vincent Lam
Olivia Long
Kanav Mahajan
Aditya Mehrotra
Rachael Mends
Ivan Mitevski
Bruno Moscoso
Mina Musthafa
Anjanay Nangia
Neylan Neal
Kiera Nissen
Ariana Novo
Justin O’Boyle
Briella Payami
Jordan Phillips
Troy Powell
Areej Qadeer
Omar Qari
Thriaksh Rajan
Priya Rajbabu
Ronak Ramachandran
Max Ramer
Ashley Rosen
Kayla Seeley
Hamzah Shaikh
Saumya Shetty
Julia Silberman
Nivedhitha Sivakumar
Nicole Sivetz
John Siyaga
Eshaan Soman
Jennifer Soter
Christian Stone
Victor Manuel Suarez
Avi Sura
Erika Tan
Ester Teper
Rishitha Thambireddy
Isra Thange
Neelay Trivedi
Juliana Valencia
Joseph Vecchio
Aditya Vidyadharan
Michael Vitti
Calvin Weaver
Ethan Weinstock
Erica Wu
Karena Yan
Jenny Zhu
Lucy Zou

2015 Governor's
STEM Scholars
.

David Buckman
Sara Camilli
Kristian Catarcio
Jin Chen
Katherine Chew
Saavan Chintalacheruvu
Andrew Crelin
Rebecca Crowther
Will Dadouris
Matthew Dzwonczyk
Olivia Fiebig
Rohan Garg
Brandon Gottlob
Stephen Grice
Yashaar Hafizka
Annemarie Kearns
Maxwell Kearns
Hadi Khezam
Christopher Kim
Susan Knox
Elizabeth Lanphear
John Larkins
Cheng Yin Lu
Joel Maruthanal
Rosa Melillo
Tiffany Paul
Kevin Penaga
Travis Peng
Bianca Pereira
Rajaamatangi Pillai
Neethu Pottackal
Matthew Purri
Vivian Qiang
Ankit Rana
Jeffrey Register
Bianca Riello
Ashley Rosenberg
Iris Rukshin
Maya Rukshin
Kaitlyn Sanford
Annika Seiden
Bret Silverstein
Kunal Singh
Andrew String
Kelly Szaniawski
Himakeerth Tammineedi
Jenna Weingarten
Marisa Wu
Burton Ye
Justin Yu
Herb Zieger