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New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics

The New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) offers a vibrant teaching and research environment dedicated to preparing a new generation of innovators for careers as professional scientists, physicians and educators.  At NCJSTM we combine science and research in an innovative honors curriculum that strives to instill the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to succeed in today’s scientifically and technologically advanced world.  Through our Research First Initiative (RFI), we are transforming the way that science and mathematics are taught by enabling students to join faculty-sponsored research teams and learn through actual laboratory experience.  NJCSTM is also partnered with the Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship, providing our students with unique opportunities to engage with emerging biotech companies.  With outstanding academic degree options, engaged faculty and exceptional student support services, NJCSTM provides a rich and supportive learning environment that has achieved unparalleled success in graduation rates and career placement.  NJCSTM students have been selected as Kean University Valedictorians four times in the last 10 years! See first hand what our tradition of scientific training and academic excellence can do for you!

Success starts at NJCSTM.  Learn more and plan your future at Kean University.  NJCSTM offers honors degree programs in the following areas:

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STEM Scholarships at NJCSTM
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Students admitted into the 5-Year BS/MS programs in NJCSTM are considered for 2 year merit-based scholarships at the time of their application.  Scholarships are awarded based on math/verbal SAT combined scores as below:

1360 and above (rSAT*)

1300 and above (SAT*)

100% in-state tuition scholarship

1270 to 1359 (rSAT)

1200 to 1299 (SAT)

75% in-state tuition scholarship

1170 to 1269 (rSAT)

1100 to 1199 (SAT)

50% in-state tuition scholarship

* The rSAT score includes any SAT scores achieved during or after March 2016. SAT score criteria include critical reading (verbal) and mathematics only. The writing/essay score is not considered in the total at this time. Composite scores may be used for scholarship consideration.

The above listed scholarships are contingent on the student maintaining a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (unweighted) while in years one (Freshmen) and two (Sophomore) of the NJCSTM five year program.

At the end of the sophomore year, students that declare the education track (Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics), leading to a master's degree in teaching and New Jersey teacher certification, may be eligible for an additional three years of 100% in-state tuition scholarships provided they maintain satisfactory academic performance (3.0 or higher cumulative GPA) and agree to teach in New Jersey schools for three years upon completion of the program.

Students declaring the research track (Biotechnology/Molecular Biology or Computational Science), are eligible for 50% in-state tuition scholarships for years 3, 4 & 5.

For more information about the STEM degrees offered by NJCSTM, visit our programs page.

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The Research First Initiative - "Learn by Doing"
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Imagine, Explore & Discover.  Take advantage of the numerous opportunities to experience undergraduate research at NJCSTM.

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Summer High School Research Opportunity (GSSRP)
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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 2018 program will take place July 9 - August 16, 2018 (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm).

Target audience: Rising Juniors and Seniors (current Sophomores & Juniors) as well as those students entering their first year of college (current Seniors).

Please note that this is a day program only.  Housing is not provided and participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from the program each day.

Program Cost:  $1,500 per student (fee waivers will be provided to low-income families and those with financial need)

The online application is now open!  Apply online by March 30, 2018.

2018 GSSRP Research Streams:

  • Analytical Chemistry & Chromatography: Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Drug-Like Chemical Compounds in Medicinal Plants Using Biological Assays, Chromatography, and Mass Spectrometry Techniques
  • World of Data: Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization
  • Microbes, Microbiomes & Bioinformatics: Exploring the Structure and Function of the Microbial World
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology: Exploring Cancer Malignancy
  • Computational Mathematics: Pattern Formation and Wave Propagation
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Modern Drug Discovery: Synthesis of Chemokine Receptor Antagonists
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NJCSTM News & Upcoming Events
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  • RESEARCH FIRST INITATIVE PRORGRAM (RFI) & WHAT IT CAN DO YOU! will be held on October 2, 2017, 3:30 -4:30 p.m., STEM Building-401
  • The 2017 GSSRP Closing Luncheon and Research Poster Symposium will be held on August 17th at NJCSTM.  GSSRP participants and their families, as well as NJCSMT faculty, staff & students, are invited.
  • On August 2nd, Kean University hosted the NJ Talent Network's 2017 Innovation SummitClick here to read the story and see the video.
  • Dr. James Merritt and his students authored and presented three research posters on CCR1 antagonists at the Gordon Research Conference & Seminar for Medicinal Chemistry (Aug. 5-11, 2017, New London, NH). 
  • NJCSTM student Victor Suarez, B.S. in Biotechnology selected for 2017-2018 NJ Governor's Scholar Program
  • Dr. Michael Tocci, Associate Dean of Research at NJCSTM, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey 
  • New Biotechnology Master's student and NJ Governor's Scholar, Chelsea Mann was awarded a prestigious Science Internship in Assemblyman Daniel Benson's office (District 14, Hamilton, NJ) providing science background and research material on pending legistaltion.
  • ILSE's ATCC-Center for Translational Microbiology awarded research contract to study the human microbiome by Merck Pharmaceutical Co.  
  • Dr. Dil Ramanathan, Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry & Biotechnology was honored with the "2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award" from Insight Into Diversity Magazine  
  • NJCSTM's External Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Kean Univeristy designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by US Government
  • Kean University cited as one of top 100 US schools for STEM Jobs


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Tour the STEM Center
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NJCSTM is housed in a striking, state-of-the-art 133,000 sq. ft. educational facility, with teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, a 320 seat auditorium for workshops, lectures, conferences and other major events, and a 630 person atrium for meeting exhibits, break-out and poster sessions, and social education events.

Modern classroom space includes 25,000 sq. ft. of flex lab teaching space and prep rooms, along with 5 classrooms.  Teaching laboratories include 20,000 sq. ft. of fully functioning and equipped laboratories for chemistry, mathematics, computational science, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, cell culture and physics.

Faculty research laboratories include 20,000 sq. ft. of wet and computational research labs with lab support and equipment rooms for core chemistry, molecular and cellular biology equipment including NMR, mass spectrometry, HPLCs, DNA sequencing, cell sorting, microscopy, and super-computer facilities.

NJCSTM is home to the only 3D Virtual Reality Computer Assisted Visual Enhancement (CAVE) system in the greater NY-NJ metropolitan area.  The CAVE system is capable of displaying images and data for both research and teaching purposes.  Students working on CAVE projects put to use computer programming skills learned in class and adapt gaming theory and data analysis applications to scientific problems.

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