Announcing the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers!

Click here for a list of the 2018 Emperor Science Award winners

The 2018 Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on a cancer research project. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Whether a research project is conducted virtually, or in a lab, students will be able to connect with their mentors to develop valuable research, organization and communication skills! Due to varying laboratory restrictions, hands-on lab experience cannot be guaranteed.



The program offers students in grades 10-11 an opportunity to build mentor relationships, work on an important cancer research project and create valuable experiences for an educational resume.



100 students will be paired with a mentoring scientist, or team, to collaborate on a cancer research project. Plus, students will receive a Google Chromebook to help facilitate communication and $1500 for project expenses.


Do I Enter?

• Talk to your teacher & check out the resources below.
• Complete your 750-word essay and related questions in the application form.
• Submit your application


Hear from past Emperor Science Award Winners!


“My mentor experience was one of the best, most educational opportunities I have ever had.” - Natalie S.

I hope to have a lifelong professional relationship with my mentor. Dr. Luberto is not only my mentor but also my role model… This experience has confirmed my plans to be a scientist. Not only has this experience helped me decide what career I want to pursue, it has also prepared me for my senior year of classes. - Lauren B.

My relationship with my mentor had several positive outcomes. I developed communications skills with my mentor through conversations and emails. In addition, I learned a lot about melanoma from the research I conducted, which my mentor helped guide. Moreover, I had the opportunity to ask my mentor questions about melanoma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and his job that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do. - Yichuan M.


Read More Testimonials About the Emperor Science Awards

Cancer Resources for Teachers & Students

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


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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