Peri Akiva (Middlesex County College), Mariia Alibekova (Bergen Community College), Sarai Banda (Bergen Community College), Kirkland Czajkowski (Warren County Community College), Adriana Diaz (Bergen Community College), Anthony Freyre (Bergen Community College), Fady Issac (Bergen Community College), Sylvia Mohammed (Cumberland County Community College), Jennifer Muniz (Passaic County Community College), Ricardo Rivas (Hudson County Community College), Jorge Roldan (Bergen Community College), Pavel Sokolov (Bergen Community College), Fizza Sulaiman (Middlesex County College) and Luis Wettel (Bergen Community College) will receive the Council’s 2014 Merit Scholarships.
The recipients are pursuing degrees in a variety of subjects within the STEM field including mechanical engineering, computer science, math, and biomedical science. The scholarships are sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Merck & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Casabona Ventures, ExxonMobil, Montclair State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, General Magnaplate and the R&D Council.
In August, the 15 recipients will attend the 5th Annual Merit Scholar Luncheon at Merck in Rahway to cultivate further interest in their field of study and strengthen their relationship with the R&D community. All recipients will also have an opportunity to meet prominent New Jersey-based researchers and innovators. Scholars will also be honored at the R&D Council’s 35th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception on November 6, 2014 at the Liberty Science Center.
Each year, the R&D Council awards $1,500 and $750 scholarships sponsored by Council member organizations to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM field. It awards these scholarships to New Jersey students based on applicants’ minimum 3.5 grade point average, STEM field of interest, extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals. As a broad coalition of senior representatives from industry, academia, and government, the members of the R&D Council make these scholarships available through member donated sponsorships.
Four female engineers from Honeywell International, Inc. spoke on June 19 with approximately 30 freshman girls at Technology High School in Newark.
Each panelist discussed her engineering education, field experiences and typical workday at Honeywell. The panelists explained the benefits of working in the industry while emphasizing the need for an increased female presence within the field.
“I love my job. I love what I do. This is a great living and has provided me with a fulfilled life”- said Ann Schoeb, panelist and Chief Technology Officer, Resins & Chemicals at Honeywell.
After the panelists spoke, students asked questions regarding starting salaries, typical work hours and the challenges facing women in the field.
The discussion was followed by a brief reception where students talked about their career goals in small groups with the panelists. Many of the girls expressed a newfound interest in exploring engineering.
The Research & Development Council of New Jersey and Newark Technology High School Career Advisory Board partnered to put on the event. “It is great to bring together STEM professionals with students interested in STEM but unsure of what fields they can pursue. Today’s panelists demonstrated passion and excitement about engineering and the girls embraced this and are clearly excited to learn more about this field” said Kim Case, Executive Director of the R&D Council.