Shen student Kavipriya Kovai Palanivel was one of 100 in U.S. to receive EMPEROR SCIENCE AWARD for essay about finding a cure for cancer. More info…

Written by on May 24, 2017 in District News, Shen High School

Kavipriya Kovai Palanivel, a sophomore at Shenendehowa High School, was announced as one of 100 award recipients for the second year of PBS LearningMedia’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity. 

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 eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 44 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online January 10 through March 17, addressing why scientific research is so important in finding a cure for cancer, what scientific field they would study and why. Two of the Awardees are students receiving support for a second year of mentorship, as allowed by the program.

“Shenendehowa is proud to recognize Kavipriya as an Emperor Science Award recipient. She 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,” said Donald Flynt, high school principal “Kavipriya will represent Shenendehowa High School and the entire Clifton Park-Halfmoon community as he/she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this one-of-a-kind mentorship program.

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. Those entering the program for the first year will also have the opportunity to apply for a second year.

Students from rural, suburban and urban communities in 29 states comprise the second class of Emperor Science Awardees. These students demonstrated awareness of emerging developments in cancer treatment, including precision medicine, immunotherapy and epigenetics, and have an impressive range of research focuses and interests, including nanotechnology and engineering, basic cellular biology, gene mapping, bioinformatics, DNA splicing and computational sciences.

Kavipriya is also a finalist for the 2018 ShenNext Medicine Scholar Award.  This is a partnership of Shenendehowa High School, Siena College and Albany Medical College.  It offers a unique opportunity for a Shenendehowa High School student, who aspires to become a physician, to be accepted by Siena College and Albany Medical College for their combined eight-year continuum of medical education known as the “Siena College- Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine.”  

Recipients of awards made possible by grants from Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis.