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NSF S-STEM Grant: Opening Pathways, Engaging and Networking in Chemistry in Northern New Jersey

Nina Goodey
Marc Kasner
John Siekierka
Katherine Herbert
Jennifer A. Krumins

About the Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) provides funding for low-income students. OPEN-NJ applies this to academically strong students pursuing chemistry and biochemistry Master of Science degrees. Program graduates are expected to contribute to the continued success of Northern New Jersey’s chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Graduates will add to the well-trained workforce contributing to the economic growth nationally and in New Jersey.

Transitioning to chemistry and biochemistry is difficult even from other STEM fields. These are fields where topics build on prior knowledge and a solid foundation is critical for success. The OPEN-NJ program solves this problem with a practical track, the Bridge/Transition Year (Year 0). Support services include a review of general chemistry during summer orientation, dedicated tutoring and faculty mentors and a learning community. The program enables students to move between disciplines. They can come to chemistry with a new perspective, understanding applications and making connections and apply what they learn.

Advantages to Students

  • Learn about careers and explore their interests via weekly mentor meetings
  • Participate in workshops on resume preparation, interviews and on different aspects of professional skills development. The lessons learned, determined through the program evaluation, will provide useful data for other field-to-field transitions within STEM.
  • Receive a scholarship ($10,000/year for 2-3 years) to enter one of the eligible programs at Montclair State:
    • Master in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
    • Master in Chemistry
    • Master in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1458499.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA (BS or BA degree)
  • Completed
    • General Chemistry I (with lab)
    • General Chemistry II (with lab)
    • Organic Chemistry I (with lab)
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Calculus I
    • At least one year of Physics
  • US citizen, national, admitted refugee or permanent resident
  • Enrolling full-time in a Montclair State Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry MS program
  • Financial aid eligible as determined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Committed to participating in all OPEN-NJ meetings including networking events


Apply to the University’s Graduate Program AND email Dr. Nina Goodey, goodeyn@montclair.edu, to indicate interest in the Program. The Selection Committee will use your graduate school application when making their decision.


Please, email Dr. Nina Goodey, goodeyn@montclair.edu.

Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s). They don’t necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.