Morristown, NJ - Morristown High School Science Academy sophomore Mia Cecala is one of 100 students from across the country honored as a 2018 Emperor Science Award winner. Now in its third year, the PBS and Stand Up to Cancer Emperor Science Award program recognizes outstanding young scientists who are interested in pursuing a career in science research.

To be considered for this honor students were required to review the noted PBS film, Ken Burns Presents: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and related research before submitting a 750-word essay and answering questions about the subject. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: essays addressing how cancer has affected them or their communities; how science can help find a cure for cancer; and, if they are to become cancer researchers, what scientific field would they study and why.

Award winning students demonstrated knowledge of emerging developments in cancer treatment, including precision medicine, immunotherapy and epigenetics, and an impressive range of research focuses and interests, including nanotechnology and engineering, basic cellular biology, gene mapping, DNA splicing and computational sciences.

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Funded through generous support from Genentech, Bristol Myers Squib, and Novartis, the Emperor Science Award program is designed to empower promising high school science students to become the next generation of scientists as they explore careers in cancer research. Emperor Science Award scholars will work with an esteemed university scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, receive a Google Chromebook, and a $1,500 stipend for research expenses.

“Morristown High School is proud to recognize Mia as an Emperor Science Award recipient,” said Brian S. Young, Supervisor of the Morristown High School STEM program. “Mia is an exceptional student with a very promising future. I am delighted she will have this unique opportunity to further her studies and research.”

Focused on the Biomedical track in the Morristown High School Stem Academy, Mia is a member of the Key Club and Executive Board of the Student Government Association.


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