Ashwin Inala from Green Hope High School was one of 100 award recipients for the inaugural year of the Emperor Science Award program. The program is sponsored by Genentech, Stand Up To Cancer, and PBS LearningMedia. It is designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.
Ashwin was chosen from a pool of almost 1,200 10th and 11th grade students from across the country. Emperor Science Awards recipients receive an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, a Google Chrome Notebook to enhance their studies and to extend the reach of mentors to students living in rural and suburban communities, a $1,500 stipend for expenses, and the opportunity to continue the mentoring program through high school, to further their academic pursuits.