STEM Education

Grant Helps NJIT Bring Forensic Science to High School Students

A $1.4 million grant is helping New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) launch a STEM initiative that will expose high school students to forensic science as a pathway to higher education.

The initiative, called the NJIT Forensic Science Initiative (FSI), will offer "a five-week intensive experience at NJIT featuring class work, lab work, field research, tutoring and college preparation counseling. That fall [2022], the students will start an introductory course that includes working with a professional on a capstone research project and attending a forensic conference. At the same time, students will continue to receive tutoring and counseling through NJIT’s TRiO program. Also, NJIT will help high school teachers become certified to eventually teach forensic science in their own schools."

The first students will begin participating in summer 2022.

“We feel an obligation to truly prepare students for success, not just review their admission submissions,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom in a prepared statement. “Newark Public Schools students will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this initiative by being prepared to enter and succeed at NJIT and go on to careers in the STEM fields of their choosing.”

FSI complements other NJIT programs that introduce area high school students to higher education, including a math initiative and an honors program.

Further information can be found on NJIT's site.

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