Essex County students to graduate from prestigious New Jersey STEM program – Essex News Daily

CHATHAM, NJ – On Saturday, May 21, Essex County residents Deborah McDougall and JéVanni Napoleon of East Orange; Elaina Mann, of Livingston; Leonard Jasper, of Maplewood; Julia Schanen, of Montclair; Achunike Okafor, of Newark; Alexandre Jean, of Verona; and Nathaniel Vinoya of West Orange will graduate from Governor’s STEM Scholars, a program of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. They are part of a class of 95 New Jersey high school and college students to complete the year-long program, which provides a 360-degree view of New Jersey’s STEM economy through lectures, lab tours, master classes and research.

Public-private partnership between the New Jersey Research and Development Council, the Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Secretary of Higher Education, and public and private research corporations, STEM Scholars from governor offer high performing high schools, colleges. and graduate students with a comprehensive introduction to the state’s STEM economy. Scholars are a diverse and representative group of student leaders from across the Garden State who excel in STEM and want to pursue STEM-related majors and careers.

“This weekend, the Governor’s STEM Scholars will graduate 95 of New Jersey’s most promising STEM students,” said program director Alise Roderer. “As Governor’s STEM Scholars, these students received a comprehensive introduction to New Jersey’s STEM economy, highlighting some of the state’s most innovative and exciting STEM organizations through lectures, tours of field, internship opportunities and a research project.”

“With more scientists and engineers per square mile than anywhere else in the world, New Jersey has one of the most educated workforces in the country and is a national center for STEM research,” Anthony said. Cicatiello, president of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. . “By 2027, STEM jobs are expected to grow 9% in New Jersey. The Governor’s STEM Scholars introduce the state’s best and brightest STEM students to businesses, professionals, research, and STEM opportunities available in the Garden State.Through the Governor’s STEM Scholars, we ensure our state’s talented students stay in New Jersey to fill these roles, securing our academic and workforce pipeline for the future.

Throughout the academic year, scholars participated in four conferences highlighting New Jersey’s STEM opportunities in government, academia, and industry. Each researcher was led by a college-level team leader, mentored by professional STEM advisors, and produced a viable research project.

McDougall and Napoleon are juniors at East Orange STEM Academy; Mann is a senior at Livingston High School; Jasper is a senior at Columbia High School; Schanen is a senior at Lycée Montclair; Okafor is a junior at Science Park High School; Jean is in high school in Verona; and Vinoya is a freshman at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

As Governor STEM Scholars graduates, students will have access to the Governor’s STEM Scholars Alumni Network of nearly 600 students, allowing them to stay connected with STEM jobs and opportunities within the state. .

Applications for the Governor’s STEM Scholarship Program 2022-2023 are open through June 10. For more information, visit

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