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

  • PI: Nina Goodey
  • CoPIs:
    • Marc Kasner
    • John Siekierka
    • Katherine Herbert
    • Jennifer A. Krumins

About the Program

This National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) project at Montclair State University in New Jersey will provide scholarships for talented students with demonstrated financial need pursuing Master of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. Program graduates are expected to contribute to the continued success of the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries located in Northern New Jersey. Scholarships for academically strong students, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, will increase the number of graduates prepared to support national, regional and local companies. The success of the program will produce a well-trained workforce that will contribute to the economic growth of New Jersey and the nation.

Transitioning to chemistry and biochemistry from other STEM fields is difficult because these are fields where topics build on prior knowledge and a solid foundation is critical for success. The OPEN-NJ program creates a solution to this problem by creating a practical and easy-to-adopt track, the Bridge/Transition Year (Year 0), to enter chemistry and biochemistry MS programs. Support services including review of general chemistry during summer orientation, dedicated tutoring services, dedicated faculty mentors and a learning community will be available. The program enables students to move between disciplines and in the process come to chemistry with a new perspective, understand applications and make 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, as 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.

Requirements for Program

  • 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 and a 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 Graduate Program at Montclair State University AND email Dr. Nina Goodey, goodeyn@montclair.edu, to indicate interest in the OPEN-NJ Scholarship Program. The Selection Committee will use your graduate school application.


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

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.