Love Science?

The Emperor Science Award program provides opportunities for high school students in 10th and 11th grades to work alongside a university-level mentoring scientist to explore the world of science and become part of the next generation of cancer researchers.

In the program's first year, almost 1,200 applicants were received from students interested in pursuing a career in science research throughout the U.S. Students from rural, suburban, and urban communities in 40 states comprise the first class of Emperor Science Awardees. These students demonstrated awareness of emerging developments in cancer treatment including precision medicine, immunotherapy and epigenetics.


Should enter?

Students in grades 10-11 who are curious about exploring careers in science and cancer research & care.



Unique opportunity to build a mentor relationship, work one-on-one on an important cancer research project, and create valuable experiences for your educational resume!


Will you win?

100 students will be paired with a mentoring scientist to collaborate on a multi-week* cancer research project, plus receive a free Google Chromebook & $1,500 for project expenses.

*Research projects are 8-12 weeks and will be completed during 2016 timeframes: Jan-March, April-June, July-September.

Click here for a list of the 2015 Emperor Science Award winners, and check back for more information on the 2016 Emperor Science Award Program application open date.

Cancer Resources for Teachers & Students

Use this collection of lesson plans, videos and interactives to empower your students!


Share the Emperor of Science Award program with your students and colleagues today!


Ken Burns Presents



A Film by Barak Goodman
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book by Siddhartha

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Awards are made possible by generous support from Founding Donors:

Genentech Bristol-Myers Squibb Novartis

Proud partners presenting the award:

EIF Stand Up to Cancer PBS Learning Media
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are students in grades 10-11.
Subject to Official Rules Ends 11:59 PM ET on November 1, 2015.