Kohn, a junior, is the programming captain of a robotics team and an active member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. The Pitman resident intends to pursue a doctorate in molecular biology.
According to the Research & Development Council, the three-year-old Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is a statewide STEM education initiative that is a public-private partnership of the Council, Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education and Secretary of Higher Education.
The program is designed for New Jersey students from 10th grade through the Ph.D. level who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and career in New Jersey.
The program, which introduces participants to New Jersey STEM offerings in academia, industry and government, features four conferences during the school year; trips to statewide STEM organizations; and opportunities to interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations and policymakers.
Commenting on the honor, Dr. Greg Caputo, head of Rowan’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said, “Eric started in my lab in the middle of his freshman year, which is highly uncommon. This shows his high degree of enthusiasm and motivation for research.”
“He is already performing research independently and at a level that is comparable to more advanced students,” Dr. Caputo said. “The STEM Scholars Program is a great honor for him and will further his growth as a scientist.”