New Jersey: where the action is

When choosing where to study a science programme it is important to consider the scientific advances that have come out of that area. This article explores New Jersey’s reputation for scientific excellence.

  • A low-cost, high efficiency battery for hybrid electric cars (Lightening Energy Inc. of Dover)
  • A tumour killing mechanism for a novel anti-cancer drug (Niiki Pharma of Hoboken)
  • 'Liquid membranes' to capture carbon dioxide emissions (Carbozyme in Monmouth Junction)
  • A wireless monitoring device that gives doctors and hospitals real-time data (AT&T)
  • A universal vaccine for the flu and new vaccines for diseases such as malaria, dengue, human papillomavirus and respiratory syncytial virus (VaxInnate in Cranbury)

These and other exciting discoveries are currently taking place in research laboratories throughout New Jersey. From Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb to Nobel Laureate Selman Waksman’s discovery of streptomycin (the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis), New Jersey has been at the forefront of science, medicine and technology.

Studying in New Jersey, USA

“To study in New Jersey is to be where the action is - in science, technology, engineering and mathematics”

Today, the state is an engine of biomedical and pharmaceutical research and home to both the US Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation at Rutgers University. New Jersey is home to more than 410,000 scientists and engineers who help drive innovation in the state’s businesses, colleges and universities. To study in New Jersey is to be where the action is - in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

New Jersey is home to many of corporate America’s research laboratories. The state ranks fourth in the total number of US patents with more than 80,000 issued in the last thirty years. Headquarters for twenty-three of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and forty-two of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies, New Jersey also houses major facilities for fifteen of the world’s twenty largest pharmaceutical companies - more than any other US state or any other country in the world. These include:

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Merck & Co.
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals

An additional 120 biotechnology companies are clustered around a 48-mile research corridor stretching from Newark through New Brunswick to Princeton. This makes New Jersey eighth overall in biotechnology strength in the United States.

New Jersey has 57 colleges, universities, and technology schools educating the workforce, several of which are nationally recognised, including Rutgers University. If you are thinking about studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, be sure to think about studying in New Jersey.

Written by Jennifer Hollis (2010)
Admissions Counselor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA)