govschoolMadison, N.J. – For three weeks, from July 13 to Aug. 2, 85 of the top science students in the state of New Jersey will come to Drew University to attend the prestigious Governor’s School of the Sciences.

The students will be exposed to college-level science learning, research and facilities. They will also learn from Drew’s esteemed faculty.

It is the 31st year that Drew has hosted the Governor’s School, a state-sponsored, summer residential enrichment program for high-achieving high school students that started in 1984. The goal of the Governor’s School in the Sciences is to expose students to scientists and advanced science and mathematics topics they are unlikely to study in high school in order to broaden their appreciation and knowledge, and to help prepare them to study science in college.

While at Drew, the students will take courses on topics ranging from chemical bonding to the cell biology of cancer; work on lab experiments involving computer science, biochemistry and physics; and take part in projects that involve psychology, chemistry, physics and ecology, among other disciplines.

In addition to their coursework, the students attend seminars from outside speakers and spend a morning talking with Governor’s School Alumni and parent volunteers to discuss career options.

“The Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University is an academically rigorous program that challenges some of the best high school students in New Jersey to reach new levels of understanding about the sciences,” said New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks. “Taught by Drew University faculty, this talented group of students may have a Nobel Prize winner among them. That’s what happened when Governor’s School alumnus Adam Riess returned in 2012 to share his Nobel Prize with the students. Most Governor’s School students are accepted into excellent schools, including some of the best universities in the world right here in New Jersey.”

At the end of the three-week program, students will present their research projects in a forum open to the news media at the Hall of Sciences, Room 4 on the Drew University campus, on Aug. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Elizabeth Moore at 973-408-3628.

“The team research projects are at the core of the program because they represent what the scholars not only learn about important scientific concepts but also [how they] experience the process of science,” says Adam Cassano, associate professor of chemistry at Drew and co-director of the program. “In the research presentations, you see how much the students have learned, and what they have accomplished in such a limited amount of time. It is always very impressive.”

Sreeja Kodal, a high school senior who attends the Medical Sciences Learning Center in Freehold, attended the Governor’s School at Drew last summer. “Our courses, labs and projects not only were utterly fascinating, cutting-edge, and relevant but also completed our understanding of the subject we all loved by exposing us to new fields,” she said, adding that her experience has encouraged her science studies. “A group of the most talented future scientists created an environment buzzing with intellectual thirst like my own, a place with peers who were so like-minded in their drive and genuine desire to explore new topics in science.”

The students are nominated by their schools and selected competitively from a comprehensive application process. Once at Governor’s School, they get to live in the Drew dormitories and get a taste of what it’s like to learn at a private, liberal arts institution of higher education that emphasizes hands-on, experiential higher learning.