Four students have been selected as Brookdale’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fellows as part of a new grant program being rolled out this year.
Ashley Crelin, Rhiannon Long, Nick Sakowski and Adam Winkler will each receive $5,000 toward their education as part of the program, which will offer fellowships to four more Brookdale students in 2015-16.
The $70,000 grant, awarded by from NASA and the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC), will also allow the college to offer expanded mentorship, networking and career development opportunities to Brookdale STEM students.
“These are exciting, rewarding career fields that continue to expand year after year,” said Anoop Ahluwalia, assistant mathematics professor and co-coordinator of the grant program. “We are proud to partner with NASA and the NJSGC to help local students become STEM professionals and have a positive impact on the world.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), STEM career fields will add one million new jobs between 2012 and 2022. The fastest growing job fields include software development, computer systems analysis and civil engineering, all of which pay a median annual salary of more than $80,000.
To help students take advantage of these opportunities, and to encourage a new generation of students to do the same, Brookdale faculty will be launching outreach programs on campus and in three Monmouth County middle schools.
The grant will help create an official STEM Club at Brookdale, offering enhanced academic support, peer networking and career development opportunities to students. Brookdale’s Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WEST) Club will be expanded, creating new mentorship opportunities for female students and establishing an annual Women’s Career Night at the college.
Middle school students will also be invited to an annual STEM Day celebration at Brookdale, which will feature career speakers, hands-on activities and displays highlighting the achievements of STEM Club members throughout the year.
These resources, along with the fellowship opportunities, will be a big benefit to STEM students looking to get their start here in Monmouth County, said Long.
“I think it’s a great system of support,” said Long, an engineering student. “It allows you collaborate, share ideas and experiences, and reach your full potential as a student.”
For more information or to inquire about a STEM fellowship at Brookdale, call Anoop Ahluwalia at 732-224-1987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NJSGC, led by Rutgers University, also includes institutions such as Georgian Court University, Seton Hall University and the Liberty Science Center. The consortium is NASA’s educational arm in New Jersey, providing fellowships, grants and other support for STEM education and training programs.
PHOTO CAPTION (l-r): Anoop Ahluwali, Ashley Crelin, Nick Sakowski, Adam Winkler, Rhiannon Long and assistant mathematics Professor Susan Monroe celebrate Brookdale’s first ever STEM Fellowship program.