Hear from the 2016 Emperor Science Awards 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.


“The Emperor Science Award has been an amazing and rewarding experience for me. This process helped to reiterate my passion for science… As a result, now I am considering conducting biological research as my career... This program has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very thankful for that. It has encouraged me to go into the scientific world and really make an impact. It has been an honor to be part of such an empowering and enriching program. Thank You!”
- Nafilah C.


“This gave me great experience conducting an experiment. I had never done research to this extent before, so this was definitely a great learning experience. I plan to major in Biology, so this gave me a nice taste into the field and potential research opportunities. I also was able to strengthen my communication skills through talking with Dr. Ines, which will be beneficial in my future education and career.
- Pamela M.


“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.


“I always wanted to pursue a career in the field of science, and seeing what my mentor does everyday as her job—groundbreaking research—has provided me with a first-hand experience on what it is to be a scientist.
- Julia P.


“My mentor has inspired me to become a Physician-Scientist. Her passion for both the patients and the research has shown me that I want to be involved with both the treatment of the patients and the research that will benefit them, something I had not considered before this program.”
- Anna N.


“I learned so much about how research plans are actually done…what steps you must take before a research project and during one. I got much better at different forms of communication, such as email and video chatting and my organization skills have grown a lot. I have also realized that whenever you work hard at something you can benefit so much. This has also shown my school that just because we are small doesn't mean that we can't accomplish great things.”
- Hannah H.


“From this experience, I gained confidence in a laboratory setting, a greater understanding of the sciences, and a passion for research work. I am so grateful that I got to be apart of this fantastic program.
- Ethan S.


“I am now sure that becoming a researcher that studies the connections between human health and microbes is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
- Lia K.


“Dr. Martinson's enthusiasm and positive motivation for doing what she is doing helped me to better enjoy/feel good about the science I am involved in."
- Michael M.


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