WEST CALDWELL, NJ — James Caldwell High School recently recognized Gabriella D’Erasmo as an Emperor Science Award recipient. D’Erasmo was chosen from a pool of hundreds of 10th-and 11th-grade students from across the country that are interested in pursuing a career in science and cancer research.

She will represent James Caldwell High School and the entire Caldwell-West Caldwell community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this one-of-a-kind mentorship program.

PBS LearningMedia, a digital educational resource library for teachers and students, and Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 800 applications from students in 44 states throughout the United States who are interested in pursuing a career in science research. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications including their written essays submitted online addressing why scientific research is so important in finding a cure for cancer and what scientific field they would study and why.

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The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will have an opportunity to conduct research in a lab, virtually, or a combination of both, working with an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, will receive a Google Chrome computer to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for those students who live at a distance from their mentor’s research facility and a $1,500 stipend for expenses.

The Emperor Science Award Program has been made possible by generous financial support from Founding Donors Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Novartis. Their support will fund a total of 300 awards through the first three years.

The full list of Emperor Science Award recipients is available at www.emperorscienceaward.com. For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org