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.

Interested in receiving information on the 2019 Emperor Science Award program? Join our mailing list to receive important updates and details.



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!


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

Watch the video
Visit the site

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