Rowan University hosts Governor’s STEM Scholars Conference

Rowan University hosts Governor’s STEM Scholars Conference

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Rowan University will host 80 high school and other students from throughout New Jersey for the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholars Conference on Academia and STEM on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Chamberlain Student Center on Rt. 322 on the Glassboro campus.

The day will include breakfast; remarks by David Hodges, director, Governor’s STEM Scholars, and Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University; a panel and Q&A on academic and STEM leadership with representatives from Rowan, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Princeton University; lunch with keynote speaker Dr. Ken Lacovara, renowned paleontologist and Rowan professor; STEM classes; and a fossil park demonstration.

The five-year-old Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is a statewide STEM education initiative for students in grade 10 through the doctoral level. The public-private partnership of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education and Secretary of Higher Education brings together a diverse group of student leaders who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and career, according to the organization. Saturday’s conference is one of four offered to these students, along with trips to STEM organizations across the state and opportunities to interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations and state policymakers.