Four Kentucky students selected as PBS Emperor Science Award winners

For Release: 02/23/18 12:58 PM

Four high school students from Kentucky have been named 2018 winners in the Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by PBS and Stand Up To Cancer.

The students are among 100 honorees selected from nearly 600 applicants across the nation. 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 Chromebook and a $1,500 stipend.

Kentucky’s 2018 Emperor Science Award Program winners are:

  • William Broomhead, Villa Hills, Ky.; Dixie Heights High School and Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology
  • Kristi Mullins, Lick Creek, Ky.; East Ridge High School (Pike County Schools)
  • Shivani Nellore, Prospect, Ky.; North Oldham High School
  • Taylor Stumbo, East Point, Ky.; Paintsville Independent 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.

The full list of Emperor Science Award recipients is available at

“At PBS, our goal is to spark a passion for learning and provide students and their educators with the resources and support they need for that learning,” said Sara Schapiro, vice president of PBS Education. “We’re proud to welcome a new class of students to the Emperor Science Award mentorship program. Not only are the students selected for this year’s class leaders in their schools and communities, they also demonstrate investigative curiosity as well as compassion for patients.”

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.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications


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