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5 Kentucky students selected as PBS Emperor Science Award winners

Five high school students from Kentucky have been named 2017 winners in the Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer.

The students are among 100 honorees selected from across 800 applicants nationally. As Emperor Science Award recipients, they will be provided an opportunity to conduct cancer research in partnership with esteemed scientists, who will work as their mentors. They will also receive a Google Chrome computer and a $1,500 stipend.

Kentucky’s 2017 Emperor Science Award Program winners are:

  • Annika Avula, Bowling Green, Ky.; Bowling Green High School
  • Will Broomhead, Villa Hills, Ky.; Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology
  • Kristi Mullins, Lick Creek, Ky.; East Ridge High School (Pike County Schools)
  • Alec Puckett, Independence, Ky.; Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology
  • Ryan Witt, Glasgow, Ky.; Glasgow High School

The annual award program is open to 10th- and 11th-grade students interested in cancer research and is meant to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care.

View the full list of Emperor Science Award recipients.

“The students selected for this year’s class are leaders in their schools and communities, and it is our hope that through this unique opportunity they are able to tangibly explore careers in cancer research,” said Sara Schapiro, vice president of PBS Education.

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 that the Emperor Science Award Program launched.

The Emperor Science Award Program is made possible by financial support from Founding Donors Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; and Novartis