MILLBURN, NJ - Annika Sharma, a rising Senior at Millburn High School, is among 80 students selected as one of the 2018-2019 Governor’s STEM Scholars. Sharma will learn from and network with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations, academic institutions and state policymakers throughout the year. Along with her fellow scholars from universities, high schools and academies throughout New Jersey, Sharma will attend STEM conferences, field trips and participate in a team-based research project.

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey use rigorous criteria to select the students from over 500 applicants that includes character, leadership ability, and STEM aptitude. Established in 2013, the Governor’s STEM Scholars program is a public-private partnership between the Governor’s Office, Research & Development Council of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Education and Secretary of Higher Education. Its ultimate goal is to develop the state’s pipeline of STEM talent further while promoting economic development.