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Science Opportunities & SCHOLARSHIPS

After a two year pause due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Rutgers University Physics & Astronomy Department will once again hold a two-week, intensive program for high school students this coming summer. 

More information about  the program can be found at the following website:


Students in the program will learn about current leading-edge research in fundamental physics including: cosmology, elementary particle physics, quantum computing and high energy cosmic rays.

The Highlights of the program include:

  • Sessions run by Rutgers faculty
  • Hands-on measurements of cosmic rays using particle detectors
  • Hands-on analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN
  • Tours of Rutgers physics labs
  • Writing and running programs on a quantum computer
  • Lunch time talks by Rutgers faculty
  • A special evening program for students and their family, friends and teachers

The program will run on weekdays from July 5 to July 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway.

To apply, students should complete and return this application form by April 15, 2022. The program is free of charge. 

For more information, please contact Prof. Steve Schnetzer at steves@physics.rutgers.edu.

Please note that the Rutgers Covid-19 guidelines for this coming summer are not currently known. This program is contingent upon being able to meet in person.

The 2022 USA Biology Olympiad student registration is now open!

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a three-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The first tier consists of two rounds of challenging exams. The exams are rigorous and it is recommended that students have completed Honors Biology and are currently enrolled in AP Biology. For further information about USABO, please visit the USABO’s website at  https://www.usabo-trc.org/

The first exam will be given at the student's high school as follows:

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 4 PM ET

The exam length is 50 minutes and students will need to arrive earlier for instructions prior to the 4 pm start time. 

Please note: After the exam students will be responsible for their own transportation from school to home. 

There is NO bussing available at the conclusion of the exam.

Students interested in participating must register with USABO by Wednesday, December 22, 2021, as follows:

  1. Go to the USABO website at https://www.usabo-trc.org/

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find Student Registration on the bottom right. Click on Registration closes 12.22.21!

  3. Complete the form and choose your high school.  Edison School District’s High Schools are listed as:

John P Stevens High School - Edison, NJ

Edison High School - Edison, NJ

Students eligible to participate:

  • High school seniors are eligible provided that they have not enrolled formally in an undergraduate program at a college or university.

  • All interested students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to participate in the USABO.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

Remember, to participate every student must register on the USABO's website by December 22nd

Governor's School of New Jersey Programs

The Governor’s School of New Jersey is a summer residential program for your best and brightest juniors to focus on their interest in STEM subjects. Governor’s School scholars are introduced to college-level topics across STEM disciplines. They participate in course work, hands-on experiences, and team projects with peers who share their passion for STEM studies. They are taught by college and high school faculty who inspire their scholars to pursue the study of STEM subjects that will lead them to careers in these fields.

Governor’s School in the Sciences
For more information and to apply: http://www.nj.gov/govschool/sciences.shtml 

Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology
For more information and to apply: http://www.nj.gov/govschool/engineering-technology.shtml

 Columbia Science Honors Program

The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a Saturday morning program specifically designed for high school students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Classes are held on the Columbia University Morningside Campus during the entire academic year from September through May.

For more information: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/shp/index.html

 Cornell Engineering Academies
The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The target population for the CURIE Academy are rising junior and senior women students of all backgrounds, while the target population for the CATALYST Academy are rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander) severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

For more information:
CURIE Academy: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie
CATALYST Academy: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/catalyst

Real World Design Challenge Registration Available
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.