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Group Summer Scholars Research Program for High School Students

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The NJCSTM offers a Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP), a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field.  Upon entering the program students are divided into small research teams that are paired with a faculty mentor conducting actual scientific research.  Students learn how to conduct basic and applied research during this program and develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge.  Students engage in weekly meetings with faculty and team members to solve problems and discuss results, novel ideas and the latest scientific literature.  Participants who complete the entire 6 week program receive a formal "Certificate of Achievement" from NJCSTM in recognition of their accomplishment.

The 2017 program will take place July 5 - August 17, 2017.

2017 GSSRP Research Projects include:

  • Analytical Chemistry: The Identification of Drug-like Compounds from Tropical Plants
  • Astrophysics: The Application of Gaming Theory and Programs in the Search for New Planets
  • Bioinformatics: Computer Algorithms for Bioinformatic Analyses of Microbial Genomes
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology: Cancer Metastasis
  • Computational Mathematics: Dynamic Wave System Applications
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Modern Drug Discovery: Synthesis of Chemokine Receptor Antagonists for the Treatment of Cancer

Applications for the 2017 GSSRP will be released in January 2017.  Contact us for more information at

GSSRP Participant Successes:

Antoinette Antonucci (GSSRP '15) and Joseph Veliakath (GSSRP '16) are currently enrolled in NJCSTM.  Antoinette is in the Molecular Biology program and Joe is studying Computational Mathematics; both are continuing their research in NJCSTM labs.

Daniella Galati (GSSRP '15) was offered a spot (as a freshman!) on Dr. Drake's research team at the Cancer Research Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers University.

Ronak Patel (GSSRP '15) is majoring in chemical engineering at NJIT.

Eileen Wang (GSSRP '15) was accepted into the prestigious NJ Governor’s Scholars Program.

Ayush Parikh (GSSRP '16) was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2021 as part of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research.  As part of this dual-degree program, he will be studying both engineering at Penn's School of Engineering and science at Penn's College of Arts and Sciences.

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