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The application deadline is Friday for students seeking to be part of the 2023-2024 Governor’s STEM Scholars program aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators to pursue STEM careers in New Jersey.

The Governor’s STEM Scholars is a public-private partnership between the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the Office of the Governor, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, and public and private research institutions based in New Jersey.

By introducing high-achieving high school and college students to industry, academic and government research opportunities in New Jersey, the program hopes to forge connections that will inspire STEM scholars to stay in the Garden State after graduation.

The program helps students gain a better understanding of New Jersey’s STEM economy through site visits to STEM laboratories, participating in conferences and networking with leading STEM researchers and professionals from institutions such as the New Jersey Insititute of Technology and leading New Jersey-based pharmaceutical and technology companies.

Students accepted into the program also participate in a STEM research/engineering project that benefits their communities and learn about New Jersey higher education and career pathways in STEM. They also gain exclusive access to internship opportunities.

The program, founded in 2013, is open to New Jersey-based students who will be entering 10th grade in the fall of 2023 through doctoral level, who have a proven passion for STEM, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Students are required to complete an online application, including essay questions. Applicants must also submit a 60-second video explaining why they are passionate about STEM, a current school transcript, and an optional letter of recommendation.

Go here to access the online application. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9.