2018 Graduate Spotlight: The Future is Bright and STEM Strong!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continue to be one of the fastest-growing majors!  In fact, since 2007, the number of Raritan Valley Community College students enrolled in STEM degree programs has increased more than 250 percent, from approximately 270 to 700 students, and the number of STEM degrees awarded has increased 500 percent.

Many RVCC graduates- who have earned their degrees in the STEM area- choose to advance their studies by transferring to other institutions.

Transferring colleges can be relatively seamless thanks to RVCC’s over 90 transfer agreements, featuring a wide range of colleges and universities in New Jersey, across the country and even in Europe! RVCC advisors can help navigate the process so that students can more easily transfer credits to their new school.

Learn more at RVCC’s upcoming Information Session or Open HouseAnd, in the meantime, here are just a few, impressive profiles of RVCC graduates pursuing STEM studies:

Barbara Kania

From: Somerville, NJ

RVCC Major: Pre-Medical at the Honors College

Honors: Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Graduated RVCC Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA.  Received the Academic Award for Pre-Medical Professional.

Achievements/Interests: A Galileo Scholar and recipient of several prestigious scholarships. Founded and served as President of the Pre-Medicine Club. Sanofi Corporate Mentoring Program participant and a trained Emergency Medical Technician.

Next Steps:  Attending Boston University on a scholarship with plans to become a physician.


Andy Nguyen

From: North Plainfield, NJ

RVCC Major: Web Developer

Honors:  Received the RVCC Academic Award in Web Developer. Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and named to the President’s List.

Achievements/Interests: Member of the Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering Clubs, as well as Rotaract. A Galileo Scholar and recipient of a STEM Scholarship. Served as a Tutor in the Academic Support Center and earned the Certificate of Excellent Tutor.

Next Steps: Transferring to New Jersey Institute of Technology to purse bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Web and Information System and eventually planning to become a high technician of website data analysis.


Rea Rustagi

From: Hillsborough, NJ

RVCC Major: General Science

Honors: Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and named to the President's List.

Achievements/Interests: Tutor in RVCC’s Academic Support Center. Presented independent research on “Green Roof Development in Urban Areas” at RVCC’s Science Seminar series.

Next Steps: Transferring to Columbia University to study Operations Research in the School of Engineering.


Jeshua Rodriguez

From: Bound Brook, NJ

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Physics at the Honors College

Honors: Vice President of Leadership for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Named to the President’s List.

Achievements/Interests: Galileo Scholar, Student Ambassador, and Vice President of Information and Media for Student Government.

Next Steps: Transferring to Rutgers University to earn a master’s degree.


Pooja Modh

From: Somerset, NJ

RVCC Major: Nursing

Honors: Graduated RVCC Cum Laude.

Achievements/Interests: Two-year recipient of the Tom Tarnowski Scholarship. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nutrition from Rutgers University.  First-generation college student and the third child in her family to graduate from RVCC’s Nursing program. Vice President for Finance of the Student Nurses Association. 

Next Steps: Transferring to Kean University to eventually become a nurse practitioner.

About RVCC

Raritan Valley Community College has been ranked the #1 community college in NJ by both BestColleges.com and Niche.com. As the leading state college in NJ, RVCC offers students the top degree programs and the best local career training. Learn more at RVCC’s upcoming Information Session or Open House.