Fostering Students’ Passion for STEM and Cancer Research
Mar 28, 2017
By Bill Hinshaw, Executive Vice President and Head, US, Novartis Oncology
Two years ago, I had the incredible and memorable opportunity, alongside a number of my Novartis colleagues, to participate in the launch of the Emperor of All Maladies documentary that aired on PBS.
The documentary film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, a thoughtful, clear, emotional tour de force review of the history of cancer. The documentary, in the hands of award-winning film makers, Ken Burns and Barak Goodman, brings the stories to life in a very complementary and powerful way. I was moved, heartbroken, and inspired by the documentary.
Our US organization is very pleased to be one of the sponsors of The Emperor Science Award Program, a new, long-term effort to foster the passion of science through an initiative that will encourage 10th and 11th grade high school students to pursue careers in the field, with a particular emphasis on cancer research. This will include 100 mentorships nationwide each with a scientist from a leading research institution. This exciting and motivating program will support these budding scientists and provide them an opportunity to develop and hone their skills.
We at Novartis are proud of the contributions our scientists and products have made in this fight on cancer and the role we play in supporting patients and their families every day. I am inspired and humbled to have the opportunity to be a very small part of the many working to make that happen. Fostering the passion of science in students is clearly essential to forming the next generation of cancer researchers. We are thrilled to support The Emperor Science Award Program as a way to expose students to the opportunities that lie within cancer research and development, and hopefully inspire them to lead the field in the future.
Check out the video below to hear from Madhumathi Sekar, one of the 2016 recipients, and her mentor, Ray Pagliarini, Senior Investigator II at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research.
The Emperor Science Award program is presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia. To learn more about the program and/or to apply for 2017, please visit www.emperorscienceawards.com.