Westfield High School 11th grader Ashley Talwar has been accepted into the prestigious New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences to be held July 11-31, 2021.
“As a Governor’s School Scholar, you will be one of a group of outstanding high school juniors from all parts of the state who have been chosen to participate in the program,” the program directors wrote in an email to Talwar.
In its 38th year, the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences is a 3-week program for rising high school seniors where students are immersed in intense college-level research at Drew University. Normally a residential program held on the Drew campus, the organizers announced that “the engaging and challenging curriculum, including genuine research experiences, expected for this distinguished program” will be in a virtual format this summer.
“I feel honored to be selected as a New Jersey Governor’s School of Sciences scholar this summer as this remarkable experience will propel my scientific interests to greater heights and serve as a major stepping stone towards my career in the biomedical field,” says Talwar. “Collaborating on a team research project, gaining a diverse family of friends and professors, and learning about neuroscience and biochemistry at the college level is a dream come true.”
K-12 Supervisor of Science Thomas Paterson notes that the Governor’s School is “where New Jersey’s brightest teen students have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of science through coursework, laboratory investigations, and interaction with professional scientists.”
“Acceptance to the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences is a tremendous achievement and opportunity for Ashley,” adds Paterson. “The Science Department at Westfield High School is proud of Ashley and all of the hard work she has put into her education, allowing her to be part of this elite group.”
Paterson also commends the teachers of Westfield “who have supported and helped guide Ashley in her studies.”