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STEM in New Jersey: Strengthening a Strength By 2018, New Jersey needs to fill over 269,000 jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). To give a sense of the size of this undertaking, this is the equivalent of the entire population of Jersey City, plus another 15,000 people. If New Jersey is to reach its goal of filling 269,000 STEM jobs by 2018, it does not need to fundamentally change. Instead, it can draw upon its people and its institutions to strengthen a strength. With one of the country’s most highly educated workforces and the nation’s hub for biotech, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, New Jersey can easily position itself to continue its status as a global STEM powerhouse.

STEM States Are Strong States Higher Job Growth, Higher Wages Lower Unemployment Rates More patents, exports, and inventions Jobs for white collar and blue collar workers, implementers and inventors

New Jersey Is a STEM Powerhouse The state where streptomycin, the transistor, and the phonograph were invented The state that has operations for FOURTEEN of the world’s TOP TWENTY biopharmaceutical companies The state that has the world’s HIGHEST concentration of scientific professionals The state that is known as “The medicine chest of the WORLD”

To learn more, please visit www.rdnj.org.

Anthony Cicatiello President Research & Development Council of New Jersey

Research & Development Council of New Jersey 127 Main Street • Chatham, NJ 07928 • Tel: 973.274.8336 • Fax: 973.635.0301


STEM in New Jersey: Strengthening a Strength I am an eighth grade student interested in STEM. What does a public school education in New Jersey do for me?

I am in high school and I am interested in STEM. What opportunities are available in New Jersey for me?

$ New Jersey has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country.

$ Governor’s Schools — Over 30 years of experience exposing high-achieving junior and senior high school students to STEM.

$ New Jersey is home to High Tech High School, the best STEM public school in the nation. $ New Jersey and two other states are home to nearly half of the best public high schools for STEM in the country. $ The average score for students in New Jersey for science and math is significantly higher than the national average. $ New Jersey students have higher average ACT Science and Math scores than the national average. $ More high school graduates take SAT mathematics and advanced placement math than the national average.

$ Governor’s STEM Scholars — Showing 50 of the state’s best and brightest what the state has to offer in the STEM fields. $ World-Renowned Research Universities Princeton – Rutgers – NJIT – Rowan – Stevens $ Six higher education institutes that grant graduate and post-graduate degrees in biomedical and healthcare fields. $ Eleven schools confer STEM doctorates, placing NJ among the top 15 states. $ 31 four-year colleges and 19 county colleges across the state.

$ New Jersey hosts the world-class Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

To learn more, please visit www.rdnj.org.

For more information on STEM education in the state, please visit: www.state.nj.us/education www.state.nj.us/highereducation

Research & Development Council of New Jersey 127 Main Street • Chatham, NJ 07928 • Tel: 973.274.8336 • Fax: 973.635.0301


STEM in New Jersey: Strengthening a Strength I am a college graduate looking for a job in STEM. What opportunities are there in New Jersey for me?

I am a CEO of a STEM company. What opportunities are available in New Jersey for me?

$ The nation’s highest concentration of scientific professionals, with 126,000 life sciences/biopharma workers, making NJ the “Medicine Chest of the World.”

$ An educated workforce: #1 in Education in the U.S. for Businesses.

$ Fourteen of the world’s top biopharma companies have locations in the state

$ Tax incentives like the R&D Tax Credit and the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.

$ 269k+ STEM jobs need to be filled by 2018

$ One of the Top Ten States for R&D Investment, Foreign Direct Investment, and Most Improved Business Climate.

$ Over 22,000 students with life science degrees graduate each year. $ A stable job: STEM economies perform much more strongly than non-STEM economies in wages, job growth, patenting, and employment rates. $ The biggest aviation R&D test and evaluation facility in the northeast at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. $ Transforming the military with 5,000 employees, 64 laboratories, situated on nearly 6,500 acres in northern New Jersey at Picatinny Arsenal.

$ A technology hub: #1 in the U.S. for Tech Job Growth.

$ The opportunity to win an Edison Patent Award from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. $ World-class transportation infrastructure with two ports, two international airports, 1,000 miles of rail freight lines, and 38,000 miles of road. $ Employees working at 20 Fortune 500 companies and 1,100 multinational companies. $ The New Jersey Business Action Center: a oneof-a-kind resource for businesses that helps identify the state’s incentive and financing programs to help you build a business or bring it to New Jersey.

$ The world-class fusion energy research center at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

For more information on STEM business in the state, please visit: www.ChooseNJ.com and www.NJeda.com


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$ The United States is falling behind in STEM. $ New Jersey has the resources to stay ahead. $ But New Jersey also needs to fill 269k+ STEM jobs by 2018. $ The Governor’s STEM Scholars seeks to be a part of the solution. How? It recruits 50 of the best and brightest students from grades 10–20 and gives them a comprehensive introduction to what the state has to offer in STEM industry, academia, and government. 

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Four conferences across the state Field trips to research & development facilities Meetings with STEM practitioners Internships and professional opportunities Hands-on learning  Trip to the 35th Annual Edison Patent Awards And more

To learn more, please visit www.govstemscholars.org. To learn more, please visit www.rdnj.org.

Research & Development Council of New Jersey 127 Main Street • Chatham, NJ 07928 • Tel: 973.274.8336 • Fax: 973.635.0301


Advisory Council Description The purpose of the Governor’s STEM Scholars Advisory Council is to serve as an advisory board for the program. Its primary role is as an Admissions Committee for applicants to the program. The Council will meet periodically after applications have been submitted in order to determine which applicants are most suitable for the program. The Council is expected to review the application materials to determine which applicants demonstrate a commitment to STEM, leadership qualities, and a desire to live and work in New Jersey. In addition to its primary role as Admissions Committee, members are expected to offer feedback about the program for the purpose of improving its current and future programming. Finally, Council members are expected to volunteer their time at the quarterly conferences in order to serve in a mentoring capacity toward the STEM scholars.

127 Main Street Chatham, NJ 07928 973.274.8336 www.rdnj.org


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