PVHS Governor's School of New Jersey Program in Engineering and Technology

PVHS Governor's School of New Jersey Program in Engineering and Technology
Photo: Senior Student Kareena ShahKareena Shah, Class of 2023, was the high school’s nominee for the Governor's School of New Jersey Program in Engineering & Technology held this past summer at Rutgers University. After a rigorous application process during her junior year, Kareena was chosen to be a part of this highly selective program for NJ high school students. 

This past July, Kareena spent four weeks as a NJ GSET Scholar and immersed herself in topics ranging from Modern Physics and Astronomy to Material Sciences and Robotics. She, along with her teammates, further developed a novel project to realize widespread access to effective drone delivery systems. Her work led her research paper to be published in the MIT IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The Governor’s School of New Jersey Program in Engineering & Technology is an intensive residential summer program that brings together some of New Jersey’s most talented and motivated high school students. Held on the campus of the Rutgers University School of Engineering, participants have the opportunity to collaborate with other students on a novel research project showcased in a conference-style final paper and presentation at the program’s research symposium. Additionally, students participate in a variety of life-skills workshops, attend site visits to local corporations, and engage in activities that will help them connect with professors, professionals, and peers from throughout the state.

Program Details
All applicants must be nominated by their high schools. (High schools can nominate one applicant for every 325 members of their junior class, i.e., a school with 100 juniors may nominate 1 student; a school with 400 juniors may nominate 2 students; a school with 645 juniors may also nominate only 2 students.) Admission to the program is very competitive. Following a competitive process at each high school in which dozens of students may express interest in attending the program, we generally receive between 300 and 400 applications from these nominees. Of the nominees, who are the best and brightest students at their respective schools, fewer than 25% generally receive offers of admission.

The Academic Program
All students take four academic courses at the Governor’s School of New Jersey Program in Engineering & Technology and experience a small research and design project along with the opportunity to visit 2-3 local corporations to learn about future career prospects.

Photo: Kareena Shah, 2nd from right, presents her novel research project along with her teammates.

 Photo: Senior Kareena Shah
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