The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science — specifically cancer research and care — through a unique mentoring opportunity. First announced in spring 2015 at Columbia University by Katie Couric, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, the program is connected to Ken Burns CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part film that aired on PBS.
This short video details Emperor Science Award recipient, Lauren Beatty, one of 100 high school students to receive the honor in last year. Yesterday, PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer launched the call for 2017 applications for the Emperor Science Award program from January 10 through March 17, 2017, 11:59 pm ET.
10th and 11th graders with a strong interest in science will be selected to work on a cancer research project with a mentoring scientist. In addition, these students will be awarded a Google Chrome Notebook to enhance their studies and to extend the reach of mentors to students living beyond reasonable travel distance to their medical research centers, a $1,500 stipend for expenses, and the opportunity to continue the mentoring program through high school to further their academic pursuits. All students, including those who receive Emperor Science Awards, will be eligible to re-apply in subsequent years.
You and students can learn more here.