This fall, Seton Hall University will shatter the boundaries of
traditional education by launching a special research program that will
provide high school students with a unique opportunity to participate in
The University will team up with North Star Academy, Newark, New
Jersey, to pair faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences
with senior students to create and run individual research projects.
This program is part of the Science Technology Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that works to prepare students
to become national leaders who will maintain our country’s position atop
scientific and technological research.
Seventy students from the North Star Academy Class of 2014 began
their ground-breaking work at the end of October with their first visit
to campus on October 31. Following a tour of the laboratories and a
safety training session, students will work in small groups with a SHU
faculty mentor to individually create and complete their own
sub-category of a research topic. The projects will be completed with
the help of a SHU faculty member and teachers from their high school, as
well as student mentors from respective programs at the University.
Students will also have the special opportunity to present their
finished research project via a poster or presentation at the 2014
Petersheim Academic Exposition in April. This exposition will give the
students a chance to "Share, Honor, and Unite" with a rare opportunity
to not only present and defend their work, but also talk with other
researchers from the University.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved," says Michael
Zavada, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "These students have
earned the chance to do high-level research at a young age, which will
hopefully lead to a successful career in the sciences. Applying
classroom learning to real-world settings is one of the College's
specialties, and we embrace the opportunity to partner with North Star
in this capacity."
The STEM Education Coalition was created to provide students in
grades K-12 more opportunities to advance their education in these
fields in the hopes of bringing the country to a more competitive
position worldwide in respective fields of research. The STEM
Coalition’s website explains: "Members of the STEM Coalition believe
that our nation must improve the way our students learn science,
mathematics, technology and engineering and that the business,
education, and STEM communities must work together to achieve this
goal." Seton Hall's involvement will provide a direct influence on the
community by providing a life changing, one-on-one opportunity for high
school students to work with accomplished researchers of the faculty.
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