Recap – STEM Month 2021


2021 Recap

NJ STEM Month 2021

NJ STEM Month is a celebration co-hosted by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network and Research & Development Council of New Jersey that highlights the Garden State’s incredible accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, math and innovation.

With the support of Governor Murphy’s administration and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker’s office, NJ STEM Week expanded to include the entire month of March in 2018. March is now New Jersey STEM Month as designated by the New Jersey State Legislature and gubernatorial proclamation.

NJ STEM Month 2021

By the Numbers

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Unique Events in March 2021
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NJ STEM Month Mini-Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Overdeck Family Foundation, NJ STEM Month mini-grants of up to $500 are awarded to different organizations with the purpose of enhancing their STEM Month events.


Participating Organizations


Estimated Learners



#NJSTEMMonth Twitter contest

All organizations are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter by following @NJSTEMPathways and @RDCouncilNJ and using #NJSTEMMonth.

1 lucky winner will receive an official NJ STEM Month gubernatorial proclamation along with other prizes.

STEM Showcase at State House

Due to Covid-19, the NJSPN had to cancel its annual STEM Showcase. Instead, the NJSPN moved in a virtual direction and designed an online “STEM Showcase.” Check it out!

STEM Month Awards

The NJ STEM Month Awards are opportunities to highlight the most outstanding examples of leadership, collaboration and achievement in STEM in New Jersey.

Take a look at the 2021 award winners below.

2021 STEM Month Awards Winners

STEM Advocate of the Year:
Mayra Bachrach, Program Director at CS4NJ Coalition

Celebrating a true spokesperson for STEM in New Jersey, this honor highlights an organization or individual who most effectively communicates the importance of STEM to New Jersey and its citizens. The NJSPN STEM Advocate of the Year is making big waves to ensure the Garden State continues to lead the nation in innovation and meaningful work.

Mayra’s work and passion for advocating Computer Science education in NJ has been noted by her colleagues as an outstanding example of this award’s true purpose.



STEM Civic Leadership Award:
Kauser Jahan, Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at Rowan University

Organization or individual who demonstrates extraordinary civic leadership in STEM in their community. This award will be provided to those who have sought to improve and enhance the quality of STEM in their community through initiatives that include volunteerism, mentorship, and/or training. Dr. Jahan earned this award because of her dedication to environmental engineering education and research and outreach for K-12 students and educators, including establishing the program ‘Engineers on Wheels’.  

STEM Collaboration of the Year:
Jersey City Free Public Library, the Liberty Science Center and the Jersey City Public Schools' Department of Special Education

This award celebrates the individuals and/or organizations moving beyond silos to create a more connected in New Jersey. The STEM Collaborator develops partnerships and combines resources to provide outstanding STEM programming and establish clear career pathways in their community and beyond. To qualify, submissions must exhibit collaborations between three or more individuals or organizations. The Jersey City Free Public Library, Liberty Science Center and Jersey City Public Schools’ Department of Special Education earned this award for organizing a virtual field trip to the Liberty Science Center’s Heart and Soul program, impacting 1,000+ learners in Jersey City.    

STEM Corporate Champion of the Year:

An honor highlighting an organization that has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting New Jersey’s STEM economy.  Siemens earned this award for helping the South Jersey STEM and Innovation Partnership (SJSIP) Ecosystem launch the #NJSTEMTogether Communities Challenge, giving students the opportunity to develop a plan that will address an issue their community was faced with due to COVID-19. 

STEM Educator of the Year:
Jeannine Lanphear, Supervisor of Math and Science at North Brunswick Township Public Schools

Awarded to an individual or organization that has dedicated their time and energy to successfully improving STEM learning outcomes for students in New Jersey. The STEM Educator of the Year understands STEM as more than an acronym and promotes STEM as a way of thinking, developing a growth mindset and STEM identities in all learners. Jeannine earned this award for her exemplary work in bringing STEM programs to the North Brunswick Township School District and increasing the math and science success rate of her underserved population through the implementation of the AMPED program.  

Check out our NJ STEM Month one-pager!

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