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STEM Students Earn $5,000 NASA Fellowships

Four second-year students in Brookdale’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute have been selected to receive a $5,000 academic fellowship as part of a NASA-funded STEM initiative being rolled out this year.

Biology major Chloe Baker, engineering major Nick Marcouiller, engineering major Felix Perelmuter and computer science major Anthony Pompili will serve as Brookdale’s second cohort of STEM Fellows, partnering with area universities and industry professionals on intensive research projects throughout 2015-16.

The group will also offer free peer tutoring in Brookdale’s new STEM Lounge, located on the Lincroft campus in MAC 107.

“This is an extremely high honor, and it comes with great responsibility,” said Brookdale STEM Institute Dean Anoop Ahluwalia, addressing the new STEM fellows in the lounge on Sept. 3. “You will be representing the entire STEM Institute, both on campus and off. We expect great things from each of you.”

STEM faculty, administrators and students talk in the Brookdale STEM Lounge on Sept. 4.

STEM faculty, administrators and students talk in the Brookdale STEM Lounge on Sept. 4.

The fellowships are funded by a new $70,000 grant, awarded to Brookdale this year by NASA and the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC).

The grant will also fund a series of community-focused outreach and support programs throughout the 2015-16 school year, each designed to promote STEM education and careers to local women, minorities and other students.

Beginning this fall, Brookdale faculty will work with teachers at Bradley Beach Elementary School, Hope Academy Charter School (Asbury Park) and Neptune Middle School to create new STEM clubs for local students. Those students will work on STEM-related projects throughout the year and present their finished work at an official STEM Day celebration at Brookdale in June.

The grant will also 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.

Four students also earned $5,000 STEM Fellowships last spring.

This year’s STEM programming will officially begin with a Kickoff Celebration in the STEM Lounge at 12 p.m. on Sept. 29.

For more information about STEM programs, clubs, peer tutoring or other resources, visit the STEM Institute webpage.

FEATURED PHOTO (l-r): Felix Perelmuter, Chloe Baker, Nick Marcouiller and Anthony Pompili have been selected as Brookdale’s newest STEM Fellows.