Now in its 16th year, the Weston Science
Scholars Program offers specially selected ninth, 10th and 11th graders
from area high schools the opportunity to learn science “by doing science” with
Montclair State University professors.
Established in 2000 by Josh and Judy Weston, the funders of
the program and benefactors and supporters of many other programs, the Weston
Science Scholars Program enables high-achieving high school students to engage
in substantive pre-college scientific research for a five-week period during
the summer. The goal of the program is to design and implement rich science
learning for all the participants.
Each year, talented and motivated students who demonstrate
potential for collegiate-level study in the STEM fields are selected for the
program. They are exposed to innovative techniques and strategies used in
science, mathematics and technology and work under the tutelage of Montclair
State faculty and staff.
According to Weston Program Director Lynn English, there are
38 students in the program this year – 25 from Montclair High School and three
from Newark Collegiate Academy. “This is the first time we have had students
from Newark Collegiate Academy,” she notes.
In addition to the research program, activities are
scheduled throughout the year, including field trips to interesting sites in
the tristate area, as well as lectures on various topics held at Montclair
State, the Rutgers University Medical/Dental Schools, Liberty Science Center,
Wetlands Institute and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, to name a few.
More than 700 students have benefited from the program
since its inception and many have gone on to careers in the STEM fields. Some
have not, but all have appreciated the opportunity and grown from the
experience gained as Weston Science Scholars.
See what this year’s students are doing at NJTVNews.