Governor Christie Proclaims March 13th-20th New Jersey STEM Week

In recognition and celebration of New Jersey’s world-class STEM economy, Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed March 13 through March 20, 2016 as STEM Week in New Jersey. The week-long observance highlights the Garden State’s strong presence and accomplishments in STEM  ̶  science, technology engineering and math  ̶  including its industry, academic and government sectors.

For the second consecutive year, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey is partnering with the Governor’s Office to spotlight the importance of STEM Week by informing New Jersey residents of the state’s exceptional standing in the world’s scientific and technical community.

Among New Jersey’s STEM accolades, the Garden State has the highest national concentration of scientific professionals, is home to some of the world’s premier STEM companies, and is the birthplace of innovations such as the light bulb, transistor, and antibiotic streptomycin.

“New Jersey has a long legacy of innovation and excellence in scientific discoveries that have changed our world for the better,” said Governor Christie. “It is important that we continue this tradition by cultivating our next generation of STEM professionals through programs like STEM Scholars and Schools and other initiatives that promote and increase awareness of STEM careers.”

As part of its mission, the Council is proud to recognize advances in New Jersey’s STEM economy through its own initiatives and programs like the Edison Patent Awards, Governor’s STEM Scholars, and Merit Scholars programs.

Council Chairman and Janssen Vice-President of Real World Evidence, Dr. Troy Sarich said, “STEM has always been an integral part of New Jersey’s economy, dating back to Thomas Edison.  But being the first doesn’t in and of itself mean being the best.  New Jersey companies and universities continue to out-innovate others, nationally and internationally.”

New Jersey STEM Week kicked off on Monday, March 14th with the Governor’s STEM Scholars Capitol presentation, where the program’s college scholars presented their research at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.  Other 2016 STEM Week activities can be found at the Council’s website at and by following the Research & Development Council on Twitter @RDCouncilNJ.

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