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PBS, KET seek high school students interested in cancer research for 2018 Emperor Science Awards

High school students interested in cancer research opportunities are encouraged to apply to take part in the 2018 Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 1.

The program aims to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. One hundred students will be named 2018 Emperor Science Award recipients, allowing them the opportunity to work with an esteemed university-level research scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project.

Two Kentuckians, Makenzie Daniels, and Haley Dicken – both students at Western Kentucky University’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science – were selected from among 1,200 applicants as award recipients in 2016, the year the Emperor Science Award Program launched. Entry is open to 10th and 11th-grade students in the U.S. who have a strong scientific interest, especially in cancer research and care. Students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and from anywhere in the continental U.S. are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the research pairing, Emperor Award recipients will receive a Google Chrome Notebook and $1,500 stipend. To apply, students must complete an online application and a 750-word essay addressing why finding a cure for cancer is important, and what field of scientific study the student would select and why. Complete application requirements can be found online at www.emperorscienceaward.com.

The Emperor Science Award Program is funded with support from Founding Donors Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Novartis. The initiative was organized by the Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Education Subcommittee and is administered by PBS LearningMedia, a national expert in curriculum and student engagement.

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