Jan 24, 2024 Jersey City Medical Center and Liberty Science Center Seek Science Fair Judges for Hudson County STEM Showcase

Volunteers Needed to Evaluate More than 400 Science Projects from Local Students on March 11, 2024

Jersey City, NJ (January 24, 2024) – Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health, and Liberty Science Center are recruiting 100+ judges to participate in the 2023-2024 Hudson County STEM Showcase—the largest science fair in Hudson County!

The STEM Showcase is an annual event that celebrates the scientific and engineering achievements of public, private, and charter school students in grades 5-12. The Showcase allows students to present their original research projects to a panel of judges and compete for awards and scholarships.

Judges must attend an in-person STEM Showcase on Monday, March 11, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City. Judges will be assigned based on their level of education, field of study, and professional experience. Judges will review and evaluate science projects in 22 categories, ranging from animal sciences to translational medical science.

"We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math and who want to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders," said Michael Prilutsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey's largest integrated healthcare delivery system. "The STEM Showcase is an incredible way to invest in Hudson County by showcasing students' talent and creativity while supporting their academic and career aspirations, reinforcing our commitment to educational excellence."

“Liberty Science Center is proud to host the STEM Showcase and to partner with Jersey City Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health to promote STEM education and innovation in Hudson County,” said Paul Hoffman, the President and CEO of Liberty Science Center. “The STEM Showcase is not only a competition but also a celebration of our students' curiosity and ingenuity. We invite judges to join us in this exciting and rewarding event.”

To register to participate as a judge, interested individuals may complete a brief online questionnaire no later than Friday, February 9, 2024.

No special training is required to be a judge, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, send an email to 202324STEMShowcase@rwjbh.org.

About Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is Healing, Enhancing, and Investing in Hudson County. It is a comprehensive full-service acute and sub-acute care 348-bed teaching hospital. A not-for-profit hospital, the Medical Center is a state-designated Level II Regional Trauma Center with close to 16,000 admissions and over 80,000 Emergency Department visits annually. The hospital specialty services include women’s health, orthopedics, heart and vascular care, and behavioral health. JCMC is the only full-service heart hospital in Hudson County, offering access to outstanding cardiologists and sophisticated and advanced treatments, such as cardiac surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR). RWJBarnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center are in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. JCMC is an American Heart Association Gold Plus and DNV certified Primary Stroke Center. It is a regional comprehensive cardiac center, a perinatal intensive care center, a regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill newborns, and home to the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical program in Hudson County. JCMC, a provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, runs 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems.

About Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot, not-for-profit learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and bringing the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology to learners of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. Before COVID-19, more than 250,000 students visited the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participated in the Center’s off-site and online programs. Welcoming more than 750,000 visitors annually, LSC is the largest INTERACTIVE science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area. Follow Liberty Science Center on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Stacie Newton, Jersey City Medical Center

Mary Meluso, Liberty Science Center