Looking for the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers


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.

WHY: 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.

WHAT: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.

HOW: • Talk to your teacher & check out the resources below.
• Complete your 750-word essay and related questions in the application form.
• Submit your application before Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

*Research projects will be conducted as early as April 1, 2018 and conclude no later than September 1, 2018.


Cancer affects millions of people around the world every day. To prepare your entry essay, please review the Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies website at www.cancerfilms.org and then address the following in 750 words or less:

1. How has cancer affected you or your community?

2. How do you think science can help find a cure for cancer?

3. If you could be a scientific researcher, what would you study and why?