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

November 15, 2018
Dr. Charles C. Hong, MD PhD.
Click here for more information.

November 16, 2018
Dr. So Yeon Yoon
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November 19, 2019
NA Student Science 
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 3 news stories.

  • Isabel Alland ’17

    "During my summer internship at Massachusetts General we investigated the effects of a mutant protein (torsinA) which we found to be a cause of early onset torsion dystonia. It seems to effect the processing of proteins, so by infecting the cells with HSV, we were able to observe how the cells with the mutation compared to the wild type in terms of the spreading of virus. We had to count all of the virus particles in 30 cells for each condition, which was quite tedious, but still pretty cool. We could also see mitochondria which was very exciting!"
  • Dean Tan ’18

    "I spent eight weeks at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, working in the Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology studying how non-small cell lung cancer patients would respond to different courses of radiotherapy. The work was really rewarding and culminated in a presentation in July."
  • Sophia Ludtke ’20

    "Through the very generous sponsorship of Spring Power & Gas, I was given the opportunity to join 12 other high school students in Acadia National Park this summer to examine how climate change is impacting the biodiversity in this region of Maine. I have always loved both science and the outdoors, but, before this trip, I never could have imagined how these two interests could be combined in such an exciting way. By participating in research conducted outdoors in the field through the work of citizen scientists and professionals alike, I now know how accessible science can be."

STEM in the News

List of 25 news stories.

  • 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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  • Dr. So Yeon Yoon Visiting NA to Speak About STEM, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality

    Students interested in learning more about STEM, artificial intelligence and virtual reality can hear from Professor Dr. So Yeon Yoon, who leads the Design for User Experience with Technology research lab at Cornell University, on November 16, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in rooms 206 and 208. Interested students should sign up with Ms. Celente.
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  • NA Welcomes Charles C. Hong as STEM Speaker

    Dr. Charles C. Hong, MD, PhD and Director of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will be Newark Academy’s next STEM Speaker. Dr. Hong will be presenting on his work, chemical genetics of embryonic development, via FaceTime on November 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Kaltenbacher Hall.
    For Dr. Hong’s complete bio, click here.
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  • Women in STEM Careers

    Close to 30 students – including 23 girls - attended the panel discussion on Women in STEM Careers, hosted by a new student club, Supporting Women in STEM. Club leaders Stephanie Do '19 and Rebecca Dunayev '19 led the panel discussion as Zhihong An, Quantitative Analyst and Global Analytics at Alliance Bernstein, Ida Dunayev, Senior Director of Information Technology, Johnson and Johnson, Helen Eisenach, Scientist at M6P Therapeutics, and Klara Neginsky, Senior Director of IT and Information Security at UnitedHealth Group shared their experiences working in STEM field. They discussed what their typical days look like, gender discrimination in the workplace, advice for girls pursuing STEM careers and more.
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  • Maker Faire on April 11 Celebrates Student Creativity

    On April 11, the NA community will come together to celebrate student innovation, creativity and resourcefulness at the Maker Faire, organized by the Hawkes Memorial Library. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, students will showcase their STEAM inventions through project displays and hands-on making stations. This event offers a unique opportunity to generate interest and raise awareness of the STEAM movement that is unfolding on campus as well as encourage peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. 
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  • Science Summer Internship Evening, February 22

    Upper School students can learn more about possible summer internships and mentorships at the Science Internship Evening on February 22 at 7pm in Kaltenbacher Hall. Parents and alumni who are interested in providing science internships or research opportunities may contact Nancy Celente at
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  • An Eye-Opening Club Activity

    Students in the Newark Anatomy Club learned how the parts of the eye function and how vision operates through a hands-on activity. Working in groups, they applied their knowledge in biology, physics, anatomy, and physiology to dissect a cow’s eye and gain a deeper understanding about human vision by drawing similarities between the cow and human eye. They also honed their problem-solving, laboratory, teamwork and communication skills.
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  • Dr. Michael Avaltroni to Speak about Pharmaceutical Field, January 25

    On January 25, Dean of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy Dr. Michael Avaltroni will talk to students about healthcare options and developments and research in the pharmaceutical field. Click here for more information on Dr. Avaltroni. 
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  • A STEMtastic Trip Offered in June

    We will be running the 3rd STEM trip to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) this year from June 13-19, 2018. Our focus will be Marine Ecology and Conservation and the course will feature daily lectures from BIOS scientists, exploration of different marine habitats around the island, daily snorkeling trips, and independent research projects. The trip is open to current sophomores and juniors that are comfortable swimmers. Please email Kristin Duszak at for more details including course goals, cost and application timeline. Please note that there may be some IB program conflicts.
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  • Live From Surgery: Exposure to Careers in Biotechnology and Medical Science

    On January 10, students in IB Biology and Anatomy and Physiology classes attended the Live From Surgery program at the Liberty Science Center. The program offers students a unique opportunity to get a first-hand view of an operating room and interact with medical experts. Students heard from the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Hospital Dr. Margarita Camacho and observed her implanting a heart pump and completing a heart transplant surgery. 
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  • Talking Science at Rockefeller University

    On January 6, a group of NA students spent the day at The Rockefeller University campus, exploring why and how mosquitos hunt humans and explain the use of revolutionary CRISPR techniques that may prove to be a solution for stopping the transmission of diseases like malaria and Zika. The annual event is designed to engage students through interactive presentations and lectures led by world-class faculty in an area of current research being conducted at the University. 
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  • 2018 New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University

    Students at Newark Academy are invited to participate in the Rutgers University Junior Science & Humanities Symposium on March 5-8, 2018, at Rutgers University School of Engineering in Piscataway. Students who have conducted scientific research may submit research papers to the competitive portion of the program.
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  • NA Students Connected with Harvard University Professors and Researchers

    Dean Tan ’18, Alexander Chen '20, Sophia Chen ’20 and Rohan Kapur ’20 recently participated in the 2017 Harvard Science Research Conference (HSRC) and had the opportunity to meet esteemed Harvard professors and researchers! They learned how to pursue science research and gained a better understanding of the various disciplines of science. “We got to meet so many interesting people who shared our interests in science,” said Sophia. “It was awe-inspiring to meet and listen to Harvard professors talking about their research.” 
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  • Dr. Tamara Green ’90 will Speak to NA Students on November 13

    Tamara Green ’90, MD, MPH is board certified in Emergency Medicine.  She is currently a George Washington University Health Policy Fellow and will be on staff in the Emergency Department at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Dr. Green will speak to students on November 13.
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  • Brad Chernock ’03 will Speak to NA Students on February 8, 2018

    Brad Chernock ’03 will come back to campus on February 8, 2018, to share his experiences in the medical field with NA students. 
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  • Three NA Students Selected to Participate in 2017 Harvard Science Research Conference

    Dean Tan ’18, Sophia Chen ’20 and Rohan Kapur ’20 were selected to participate in the 2017 Harvard Science Research Conference (HSRC), from October 7-8. As participants in HSRC 2017, Dean, Sophia and Rohan will have the opportunity to meet esteemed Harvard professors and researchers who are at the forefront of their fields. They, along with the rest of the HSRC Organizing Committee, are incredibly interested in nurturing prospective researchers' growth. In addition to networking with fellow accomplished and passionate high school students, the students will be able to explore Harvard’s campus and practice skills that will help him get involved in any type of scientific research.
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  • Dr. Pinakin R. Jethwa '98 to Speak to Students about Neurosurgery

    Dr. Pinakin R. Jethwa '98 is board-certified in neurosurgery and fellowship-trained in both open cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery and will speak to students on October 27 about neurosurgery as a career path. Dr. Jethwa is one of the few "dual-trained" vascular neurosurgeons in the country, being able to treat disorders of the brain's blood vessels from both the inside or the outside. 
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  • STEM Opportunities at NA and Beyond!

    NA parents and students: log into the NA website to explore current and upcoming STEM happenings for students. On your resource board, click on “STEM Opportunities” and by selecting the “Topics” tab, you will find on- campus activities, off-campus research opportunities and information on summer STEM programs. You will also find updates on field trips, competitions and upcoming guest speakers.
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  • The Horizons Scholarship Summer Program

    The Horizons Scholarship supports five outstanding high school students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The seven-week long summer program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving high school students. The curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. For more information on the program and application process, log into My NA and visit the STEM Opportunities on the Resource Board. 
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  • Drew Flanagan ’19 Worked with Rutgers University Students to Test an App

    Drew Flanagan ’19 recently worked with students in Rutgers University’s College Support Program to test an app he and fellow classmates William Hayward '18, Andrew Cen ’19 and Veronica Zhang ’19 worked on this summer during their internship at Identifor, a non-profit founded by NA parents Cuong Do and Lori Rickles. Cuong also serves as a member of the NA Board of Trustees. Drew worked with the students directly and provided them with a list of tasks to complete within the app. They gave him feedback about they thought was easy to use, intuitive, unclear, and difficult to understand. “One of the students had used the app for a week before we met and found it to be helpful,” said Drew. “The experience was extremely rewarding. All summer, I saw the databases and behind the scene stuff so it was nice to observe people actually interacting with the app. I really appreciated the staff in College Support Program’s help in setting up this meeting.” (William, Andrew, and Veronica, unfortunately, were not able to go to Rutger’s due to scheduling conflicts.)
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  • 2017 Harvard Science Research Conference, October 7-8

    NA students are invited to apply to attend the 2017 Harvard Science Research Conference (HSRC) held at Harvard University from Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, October 8. HSRC is a two-day conference for high school students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who are passionate in the sciences, hosted on Harvard’s campus and led by Harvard students and staff. 
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  • 2017 Panasonic Creative Design Challenge

    On April 27, NA students participated in the 2017 Panasonic Creative Design Challenge. Out of more than 50 high schools, the NA team placed seventh overall!
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  • Alka-Seltzer Rocket Challenge

    Seventh-grade students used basic materials to create their own Alka-seltzer rockets! This hands-on science lab activity allowed them to explore their creative curiosity and hone their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 
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  • Magnolia Wang ’19 Selected for the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine

    On June 18, 2017, Brandeis University announced that Magnolia Wang ’19 will represent Newark Academy and New Jersey at the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.

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  • Second Annual NA Maker Faire, April 6

    The library is organizing a school-wide Maker Faire at NA on April 6, from 11:30am-1:30pm, in the Great Hall for parents and the school community to celebrate student innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. The event will be a combination of student project displays and hands-on making stations. It is a unique opportunity to generate interest and awareness of technology and STEAM innovation that is unfolding on campus as well as encourage peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
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