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(l-r) NJ STEM Scholars Parthavi Patel of South Bound Brook, Joseph Mild of Bound Brook and Aarsha Shah of Bridgewater

(left to right) SCVTHS Agricultural Science junior Parthavi Patel of South Bound Brook;
SCVTHS) Agricultural Science senior Joseph Mild of Bound Brook;
and SCVTHS Academy for Health and Medical Sciences junior 
Aarsha Shah of Bridgewater


SCVTHS Academy for Health and Medical Sciences junior Aarsha Shah of Bridgewater, as well as Agricultural Science students Parthavi Patel, a junior from South Bound Brook, and Joseph Mild, a senior from Bound Brook, were recently accepted into the 2020 New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars Program.

According to the Governor’s STEM Scholars website, “The Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is an innovative public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the NJ Office of the Governor, the NJ Department of Education, the NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and private industries designed to provide high-achieving STEM students in grades 10 through the doctoral level with an introduction to New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and to retain that talent in the State.”

As part of the New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars Program, students are invited to participate in symposiums and field trips. The Governor’s STEM Scholars website explains, “Students also have the opportunity to strengthen their research abilities. Scholars are divided into teams and assigned research projects that are led by an undergraduate/graduate student from the Program. The students work on their research all year and present their work at the Commencement Symposium.”

Students in the Agricultural Science Program at SCVTHS complete courses in basic agricultural science, plant science, animal & plant biotechnology, and agricultural research and development where they may earn college credit through articulation agreements. Students in the Agricultural Science Program are prepared for entering any of agricultural pathways such as: animal science, environmental science, food science, plant science, and power, structure and technical systems.

Aarsha Shah stated, “I’m extremely excited to be participating in this Program. To be able to work on a research project for almost a full year is an incredible opportunity, and I’m so grateful and honored to be selected. I look forward to the different symposiums that will be taking place throughout the year (STEM in Government, Academia, Industry, and Commencement) because I will get to meet professionals in the field and learn about all of the different applications that STEM can have.” Aarsha went on to add, “My group’s project will address two groups: the scientific community and the general public. We will be performing a landscape analysis of all the existing therapeutic and vaccine options for Covid-19, and we will be making this information accessible through mediums like animated videos. I’m really excited to work on this because the topic is one that is affecting everyone’s lives right now, and I think it will help make a positive difference in improving health literacy in regards to Covid-19.”

Pathavi Patel added, “I am extremely grateful to have been accepted. This is an amazing opportunity and I am excited to see how it goes. I also want to thank my family and Mr. Fargo."

Joseph Mild said, “There is so much that I could talk about, from the exciting project I have to look forward to, to the amazing connections that I hope to build. However, I certainly would not be here without the continual support of my Agricultural Science teacher Mr. Fargo. Thank you for teaching me to reach for every opportunity, and to love science beyond any scope I would have imagined.”

SCVTHS Agricultural Science Instructor Erik Fargo stated, “Having students participate in the NJ STEM Scholars Program will elevate student project performance and may provide access to greater opportunities. Congratulations to Joseph and Parthavi for this honor!”

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