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.

  • Dr. Michael Recee Visits NA as STEM Speaker

    Dr. Michael Recee, Chief Data Scientist at Neuberger Berman-Asset Management Co., will be Newark Academy’s next STEM Speaker on Friday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 208. Dr. Recee works on applying machine learning, cloud computing and large unstructured data to investing. He has completed graduate work in physics and neuroscience and will focus on “Humans vs. Machines” and compare the way that our brains work to the way computers work. 
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  • Dr. So Yeon Yoon Visits NA, Discussing STEM, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality

    On November 1, Dr. So Yeon Yoon from Cornell University worked with students interested in STEM, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Dr. So Yeon Yoon is a professor in the Design Technology department at Cornell University. Dr. Yoon is leading the Design for User Experience with Technology (DUET) research lab at Cornell. Her work involves the intersection of science and user experience looking at applications of virtual reality technology.
    Dr. Yoon and associates worked with students for a couple of hours and the hope that this partnership will continue during the year, culminating in a summer opportunity for NA students at Cornell University.
    Read more about NA's STEM Opportunities here.
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  • Four NA Students Attend Harvard Science Research Conference.

    When Siddarth Chalasani '22 was going to attend the Harvard Science Research Conference (HSRC), he wasn’t expecting to run into a few fellow Newark Academy students. But speaking to his good friend Ethan Lee ’22 about their weekend plans before the mid-October event, they realized they were both headed to Cambridge, MA for the HSCR. Kristin Tsay ’21 and Andrew Hwang ’20 rounded out the quartet of NA students in attendance.
    The HSRC is a two-day conference offering a series of speakers, workshops and mentoring sessions designed to encourage and promote interest in the natural sciences as well as research for the exceptional high school students from across the world to develop their interest in the natural sciences and in research. By facilitating exposure to some of the most important ongoing developments in all facets of the sciences, promoting the acquisition of fundamental skills in public speaking, writing, and reading for the sciences, and proving individualized mentoring by Harvard students to courage conference participants to pursue future study and career in the sciences.
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  • NA’s Ethan Chee ’20 and Warren Sunada-Wong ’20 Place Third in picoCFT

    Newark Academy’s team of Ethan Chee ’20 and Warren Sunada-Wong ’20 placed third at the picoCFT in a field of 5,000 U.S. high school teams. picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students, created by experts at Carnegie Mellon University. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or otherwise disrupt technology to solve the challenge.
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  • Science Editor at Ars Technica Dr. John Timmer Speaks to NA's STEM Journal Students

    On October 14, Science Editor at Ars Technica, Dr. John Timmer, came to speak to students starting their own STEM journal at NA.

    As the Senior Science Editor at Ars Technica, John writes, edits, and manages a team of other writers. Prior to his career in journalism, John received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He's done more than a decade's worth of research in genetics and developmental biology, and has taught journalism, scientific writing, and science communications.

    If you are in a STEM field and are interested in hosting a field trip, serving as a research mentor or coming in as a guest speaker, please contact Nancy Celente, STEM Coordinator at
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