NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- A group of New Providence High School students have been pursuing STEM related internships and projects outside of NPHS, with help from their science teacher Mrs. Campbell, and the help and supervision from the guidance office and the STEM department head Jon Keaney. Here are just a few of the very ambitious projects these students have been involved with.

Ashima Agrawal, a senior, was recently selected to attend the prestigious year-long Governor’s STEM Scholar program. With a goal “to educate the best and brightest students about science, technology, engineering and math opportunities within New Jersey,” the Governor’s STEM Scholars program brings together a diverse group of high school and post-secondary leaders interested in pursuing STEM-related careers.

Emily George, a junior, was selected to attend the Partners in Science Research Internship at the Liberty Science Center this summer. The program is an intensive, eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors, which pairs students with mentors in science, health and technical fields and to participate in ongoing research and independent projects. George’s research was on Interactions of Phosphoprotein Enriched in Astrocytes. She presented her findings at the Liberty Science Museum and is planning to participate in the Regional Competitions.

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Natasha Malazona, a senior, has been selected for the prestigious year-long Waksman Student Scholars Program. The program starts with summer training with NPHS Biology teacher Cheryl Campbell at Rutgers University. The two were part of a team conducting a variety of authentic field research projects to deepen their understanding of genetic engineering, genomics, molecular biology and bioinformatics. The program continues into this school year where Malazona will be joined by past Waksman Scholars, Yan Lin and Christian Venturella, to lead additional students through DNA sequencing of duckweed genes (a potential future biofuel) and a comparison of how these genes compare to those found in other species.

 Steven Shan, a senior, was selected for the very competitive New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University, an intensive residential summer program. Students collaborated on a variety of novel research projects, produced a conference-style paper about their project and then presented their research at a ‘research symposium’ in front of hundreds of invited guests.

 Over the summer Shreya Venkat, a senior, was an intern at BUILTBYGIRLS, an AOL platform that aims to give girls a leg up in technology careers. She trained in entrepreneurship and venture capitalism, and along with four other interns travelled to San Francisco to be the judges of the BUILTBYGIRLS challenge. After the challenge, Venkat attended the Techcrunch Hackathon where she partnered with three other girls to create software that addressed the use of Malaria Nets.

Jon Keaney, NPHS STEM department head, expressed how proud he was of the students, “Our students should be congratulated for taking the initiative to learn in authentic, real-world scenarios and to grow as citizens in an ever changing 21st–century society.”