On Saturday, Montclair High School senior Julia Schanen will graduate from the Governor’s STEM Scholars, a program of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.

Schanen is one of 95 New Jersey high school and college students to complete the year-long program, which provides a 360 degree view of New Jersey’s STEM economy through conferences, lab tours, master classes, and research, according to a press release by the Research & Development Council.

The Governor’s STEM program is a public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education, Secretary of Higher Education, and public and private research companies, the release says.

Throughout the academic year, Schanen participated in four conferences highlighting New Jersey STEM opportunities in government, academia, industry, and the upcoming commencement, according to the release.

“As a Governor’s STEM Scholar, Julia Schanen received a comprehensive introduction to New Jersey’s STEM economy, highlighting some of the most innovative and exciting STEM organizations in the state through conferences, field trips, internship opportunities and a research project," Alise Roderer, director of the Governor’s STEM Scholars, said in the release.

As graduates of the Governor’s STEM Scholars, students will have access to the Governor’s STEM Scholars alumni network of nearly 600 students, which will enable them to stay connected to STEM jobs and opportunities within the state, the release says.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Governor’s STEM Scholars program are still open through June 10, 2022. For more information visit govstemscholars.com/apply/.