High School Student a Winner of Emperor Science Award

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Helen Paulini has been announced as a winner in The Emperor Science Award program. As a winner, Helen will now have the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by an esteemed scientist on a multi-week cancer research project and to become part of the next generation of cancer researchers.

Cancer research is very important to Helen, as she, herself, is a cancer survivor. Helen will be doing research this summer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia alongside a team led by pediatric oncologist and co-head of the Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, John Maris, M.D. The research Helen will be a part of will focus on pediatric cancers, specifically the genes that cause neuroblastoma in children.

“The opportunity to learn more and work with researchers doing these studies is especially meaningful to me,” Helen says. “I am grateful to the doctors and scientists responsible for the treatment of my childhood synovial sarcoma who made and continue to make great contributions to the health of myself and many others.”

Helen is one of 100 winners nationwide in this, the inaugural year of The Emperor Science Award program. As part of her application, Helen wrote an essay answering the question, “Tell us why scientific research is so important to helping find a cure for cancer. And, if YOU could be a scientific researcher, what would you study and why?”

The Emperor Science Award program was made possible by founding donors Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Novartis and is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity. The Emperor Science Award partners are Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

As part of her award, Helen will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook to enhance her studies, a $1,500 stipend for expenses, and the opportunity to continue the mentoring program through high school to further her academic pursuits.

Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia received almost 1,200 applications for the award from 10th and 11th graders across the nation interested in pursuing a career in science research.