Stem Experiences Beyond the Classroom

New science labs at Newark Academy house state-of-the-art equipment for students to explore subjects like DNA testing, robotics and physics. But there are also limitless opportunities to engage with the world of science through internships, field research, club activities, summer programs and more!

Clubs such as Robotics and Engineering, Newark Anatomy, Marine Biology and Chemistry empower and challenge students creatively and critically. NA students also continue their learning throughout the summer, taking advantage of numerous summer science programs and internships. 

Research Opportunities

Stepping beyond the classroom, NA students have an opportunity to explore their passions and interests by engaging in cutting-edge research with professional scientists in university and corporate laboratories. A sampling of recent opportunities include:
  • QSAR (Quantitative Activity Structure-Relationship) Molecular Modeling Internships
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation in Bermuda
  • Waksman Student Scholars Biological Research (Rutgers University)
  • New Jersey Astronomical Association Internships
  • Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute (4-week summer residential program)
  • CIT Corporation Computer Programming Internships
  • Brandeis University Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine
  • Drew University Independent Physics Research
  • NYU GSTEM Summer Program for Girls (6-week summer program for high school girls)

Upcoming Events and Guest Speakers

TBD Reschedule Due to Snow
Dr. So Yeon Yoon
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Newark Academy Hosts Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit. Click here for more information. 

Newark Academy Families

For the full list of the current offerings, log into My NA and click on “Science Opportunities.” Parents and alumni who are interested in providing science internships or research opportunities may contact Nancy Celente, STEM Coordinator,

Learn how NA students spent their summers

List of 4 news stories.

  • Andrew Hwang ’20

    “This past summer I interned with Dr. Pinakin Jethwa ’98 at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. I shadowed Dr. Jethwa and observed him at the hospital, during his surgeries and patient interactions. Dr. Jethwa is a neurosurgeon and physician and his main focus is on the brain and spinal cord. During my internship, I was able to observe surgical procedures like aneurysm repairs and treatments for hydrocephalus. While he performed these procedures, he would point out certain details and walk me through his thought process.”
  • Sophie Licostie ’19

    “I went to the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences, which is a three-week program that takes place at Drew University every July. I choose three out of six college level courses, plus two labs; I took classes on molecular orbital theory, special relativity and Galois theory, as well as labs on cellular automata and organometallic chemistry. Since there are no assessments or grades, this program is a wonderful opportunity to take risks during course selection.”
  • Vikrim Bala ’20

    “Over the summer, I worked at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy under Dr. Hyunah Cho. Dr. Cho wanted to create an analgesic that can be implanted into the body after a surgery in the form of a thin sheet. This capsule would have three layers, two layers composed of a polymer (poloxamer) dissolved in acetone, and then a middle layer consisting of hydrogel. However, the hard part was not making this capsule, but rather it was 3D printing it.  My work included optimizing a 3D printer (Hyrel System 30M) that normally uses materials such as ABS and PLA to use hydrogels and a polymer solution as printing materials. In addition, we ran countless trials in order to figure out which concentrations of materials, method of preparing solutions and CAD design (g-code edited) would yield the best results.”
  • Sophia Ludtke ’20

    “This summer, I had the opportunity to work in the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology in New York City through the Rockefeller Summer Science Research Program. By analyzing the morphology of individual neurons, I researched how the effects of stress in a specific region of the hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, differ between males and females. I really enjoyed the research, especially since the subject is very interdisciplinary, relating to many subject areas beyond just biology, such as public health and social justice. Through the program, I also took classes on topics such as the ethics of scientific research and science communication.”

STEM in the News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Suie Choi ’20 Wins Two Awards at North Jersey Regional Science Fair

    Newark Academy junior Suie Choi won a pair of awards at the 2019 Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science (NJRSF) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on March 16 and 17.
    Suie was awarded the "Science Communication Award," which is sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Journal of Emerging Investigators and provides students with mentorship to help them communicate their work effectively and prepare manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. She also received the "NJIT Center for Pre-College Programing Academy College Courses Scholarship," a special award which is given to one sophomore or junior who is awarded with a one-time summer, fall, or spring semester tuition scholarship to enroll in one to three credit-bearing college course through the Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT. Credits are transferable to the college the student attends.
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  • Newark Academy Hosts Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit

    Newark Academy’s Green and Blue Committee will host the Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit on May 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The mission of the Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit is to foster dialogue and collaboration between local high schools and environmental organizations, inspiring a network of individuals committed to sustainable action and education. Registration and more details to come.
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  • Novartis hosted Newark Academy Upper School students in the Support Women in STEM Club

    Earlier this month, Novartis hosted Newark Academy Upper School students in the Support Women in STEM Club for an afternoon program. The group was welcomed by Vice President & US Country Head, Diversity & Inclusion Marion Brooks and President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals US Fabrice Chouraqui shared insights about his career and provided an overview of Novartis. A panel of Novartis associates also shared details about their current roles, education and career paths, advice and more. Students then had the opportunity to network with the Novartis associates. Field trips like these provide students with stimulating learning opportunities outside the classroom and real-world experiences.
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  • Newark Academy Welcomes NA Board of Trustee Member and Parent Cuong Do as STEM Speaker on January 24

    Students interested in the details and procedure in entering high level science competitions can hear Cuong Do, an executive vice president of Global Strategy Group at Samsung, on Jan. 24 at 2:45 p.m. in Room 208. Cuong is a Board of Trustees member and an NA parent. He earned a bachelors and MBA from Dartmouth and has had major roles at Lenovo (PCs) and Merk.
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  • NA Student Science Forum

    NA students will share their STEMtastic summer experiences from outside programs, internships and mentorships at the Student Science Forum on November 19 at 7 p.m. in Kaltenbacher Hall. The event is open to all students and their families.
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