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Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Program

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The Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, is offering high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Winners will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook, a $1,500 stipend and the opportunity to continue their mentorship. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2015.

In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) has announced an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care. 

The Emperor Science Award program is open to high school sophomores and juniors and will award 100 students each year, for at least three years, with an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. 2015 winners will also be awarded a Google Chrome Notebook to enhance their studies and to extend the reach of mentors to students living in rural and suburban communities, a $1,500 stipend for expenses, and the opportunity to continue the mentoring program, through high school, to further their academic pursuits. 

The program aims to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer and health researchers and is open to students students in the 10th and 11th grades living in the U.S. and the District of Columbia who have a strong scientific interest, especially in cancer research and care. Special emphasis will be focused on students from economically disadvantaged high schools. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 1. Students, including those who receive Emperor Science Awards, will be eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

Students, teachers, guidance counselors and parents can visit The Emperor Science Award website (EmperorScienceAward.com) to learn more about the program and to apply. The webpage contains an overview of the program and associated resources for students. To enter, students will be asked to submit a 750 maximum word essay, and essays will be judged on sincerity, creativity, clarity and persuasiveness.

Winning students will be connected with science mentors from a host of high-profile medical research centers, including more than 100 SU2C-affiliated institutions, universities and industry leaders in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Emperor Science Award Program has been made possible by support from Founding Donors Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis. Their support will fund a total of 300 awards through the first three years.