Priya Rajbabu is featured in NJIT news for being a 2018 NJ Governor Stem Scholar: http://news.njit.edu/5-njit-students-selected-2018-governors-stem-scholars/
What does being a Governor’s STEM Scholar mean to you? I am really proud to be a Governor’s STEM Scholar. Being accepted into the program provides students like me an opportunity to not only work on a research project respective to our field of study, but to also teach and share our knowledge with the high school students in the program. It is also really inspiring to be surrounded by so much talent at the research conferences.
What are you involved in as a Governor’s STEM Scholar? I lead a team of five other members in a research project I proposed. We are utilizing a dataset from a survey on drug consumption conducted by the State of New York. The goal is to focus on the youth population and identify correlations in the dataset to help us understand trends or patterns in their drug consumption habits.
How do you think this experience is benefiting you professionally? Being a Governor’s STEM Scholar is a recognition that allows me to stand out in a group of people. Recruiters are often intrigued by the program and ask me more about it, which provides me an opportunity to talk about the research project I work on with my group. In addition, I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in computer science, so this experience will help me stand out during the application process.