Alexandria Collier selected as an Emperor Science Award winner

LAMOILLE – Alexandria Collier from LaMoille High School was recently announced as one of 100 award recipients for the third year of PBS’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program. The program is designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of scientists as they explore careers in cancer research and care through a unique mentoring opportunity. Three of the awardees are students receiving support for a second year of mentorship, as allowed by the program. 

PBS and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 600 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 28 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 this fall, addressing how cancer has affected them or their communities; how science can help find a cure for cancer; and, if they are able to become cancer researchers, what scientific fields would they study and why.

“LaMoille High School is proud to recognize Alexandria Collier as an Emperor Science Award recipient. Alexandria 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 Nicole Cromwell, science instructor at LaMoille High School. “Alexandria will represent LaMoille High School and the entire Illinois Valley community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this one-of-a-kind mentorship program.”

The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will work with an esteemed university scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, receive a Google Chromebook 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 28 states comprise the third 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.

Alexandria is the daughter of Jeannette Wheeler Collier and the granddaughter of Rich and Carol Wheeler. Her dream is to go to college and study genetic engineering and stem cell biology. When she received the news that she had won the Emperor Science Award she cried uncontrollably and could not wait to get started. She is so thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to be a part of something bigger than herself.

The Emperor Science Award Program extends the learning and outreach for the PBS documentary, Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A Film by Barak Goodman.

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 For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit