These 100 New Jersy students have been named to the Governor’s STEM Scholars

These 100 New Jersy students have been named to the Governor’s STEM Scholars class of 2021-22. The Governor’s STEM Scholars has announced its 2021-22 class, made up of 100 high school and college STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students from across the Garden State.

The scholars is a public-private partnership between the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the Governor’s Office, the state Department of Education, the state Secretary of Higher Education, and public and private research institutions based in New Jersey.

“By 2027, STEM jobs will grow by nine percent in New Jersey,” said Anthony Cicatiello, president of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. “The Governor’s STEM Scholars introduces the state’s best and brightest STEM students to the STEM companies, professionals, research, and opportunities available in the Garden State.

“Through the Governor’s STEM Scholars, we are ensuring our state’s talented students stay in New Jersey to fill these roles, securing our academic and workforce pipeline for the future,”

The effort introduces New Jersey’s high achieving high school and college students to industry, academic and government research in New Jersey.

This year marks the eighth class of scholars and the most diverse. Of the 100 members, 66% are female, 82% identify as a Person of Color, and 32% have a racial identity underrepresented in STEM fields, specifically Black, Latinx or Indigenous. As well, 27% are, or will be, first-generation college students. The scholars come from across the state and represent 20 of New Jersey counties.

Scholars were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants and had to have at least a 3.5 GPA, be high school sophomores through doctorial-level at a New Jersey-based high school or university, and demonstrate a passion for STEM.

“From the lightbulb to the submarine, the transistor to the one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, New Jersey has an illustrious history of research and innovation led by its deep pool of talented STEM professionals,” said Alise Roderer, director of the Governor’s STEM Scholars. “Generations from now, it is these 100 future scientists, inventors and innovators who we will admire and study for their contributions to society.”

Scholars will participate in four conferences being held at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Kean University. They will participate in a research project, led by undergraduate and graduate-level scholars, that advances the work of New Jersey’s research community and tour New Jersey STEM facilities and laboratories and network with STEM professionals.

The 2021-22 Governor’s STEM Scholars are (*denotes college-level scholar):

Krisha Patel
Isabela Simpson
Peter Tran*


Shriya Dani
Shivam Dave
Sumana Gadiraju*
Hailey Haglid
Zain Kamal*
William Lee
Gianna Meurer
Habiba Morsy*
Hannah Park
Erika Toliao


Nikhil Arayath
Devin Torres
Lesslie Montiel*
Cape May
Emily Mawhinney


Emma Fylstra


Leonard Jasper
Alexandre Jean
Elaina Mann
Deborah McDougall
JéVanni Napoleon
Achunike Okafor
Julia Schanen
Nathaniel Vinoya*


Sofia Capitillo-Villasmil
Vincent Fox
Senay Tesfamichael*


Shrutee Sangeeta Behera
Sophia Benavente-Sayani
Kamila Esquivel*
Ankit Mithbavkar
Abigail Negron
Sade Peña
Aileen Rangel
Mitchell Tillman*
Nicolle Vilca*


Shubhranshu Dutta


Ananya Balaji
Gabriella Dong
Fadi Farag
Janani Rajan
Siddharth Satish


Natasha Antin
Arnuv Batra
Ramrithvik Gadhamsetty
Moho Goswami
Ella Joasil
Tamara Kasikovic
Madeline Keel
Sanya Kohli
Shricharan Kulavanikerpuram Subramaniam*
Darshan Lakshminarayanan
Aliza Lopez
Sydney Munn
Bhavini Pandey
Diya Patel
Ariyana Rahman
Kayla Soto
Prasiddha Sudhakar*
Shivam Syal
Alvin Wu


Cassidy Brennan
Sophia Dengler
Aleksander Garbuz
Amanda Guan
Annette Kersten
Anita Osuri
Justine Prophete
Shreshth Rajan
Audrey Yan


Willy Chan
Isa Khan
Siya Kulkarni
Andric Lu
Mihir Rao
Christopher Sebastian
Ella-Maria Sharkey
Ananya Shrivastava
Lisa Stites*


Jacquelyn Anderson
Nayeli Rojas


Cameron Farid
Nona Fulmore Harris
Fhameda Sultan


Sarah Zampino


Yuhua Chen
Daisy Dong
Isha Gangavaram
Xavier Garay*
Jiya Mody
Anika Parthiban
June Yin
Daniel Zhang
Helen Zheng


Sweksha Mehta
Antonio Mena*
Claudia Reines
Diana Stinkova

Rutgers University is paying $500,000 to land a Snoop Dogg concert on campus. And students whose commencement ceremonies were delayed because of COVID-19 will have first priority for the free tickets.

The music icon, who is also playing the next Super Bowl halftime show, will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.

“It’s going to be a party to remember,” Snoop Dogg promised in a statement released by Rutgers, “and the energy is going to be off the hook.”

The concert is one of several events planned to honor the Rutgers Classes of 2020 and 2021, which both had commencement ceremonies delayed and altered because of COVID-19. The university pledged to make sure those graduates had a special celebration at a later date.

“We are excited to bring our newest alumni together in person to honor their accomplishments,” said Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway. “The Classes of 2020 and 2021 are a resilient group who have endured unexpected challenges with remarkable grace.”

The recent graduates can register for free tickets and bring one guest. Free tickets will also be available to current students but are not available for the general public.

Rutgers is using the money it would have spent on in-person commencement ceremonies over the past two springs to pay the $500,000 fee, the university said. Snoop Dogg is putting $65,000 from the fee toward covering the staging costs, according to the university.

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