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Hunter College Partners with the Child Mind Institute as Sponsor of the 2019 Rising Scientist Awards

April 4, 2019

Nominations Now Open for Outstanding High School Students; Winners Receive $2000 Scholarship, Recognition at On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium

New York, NY –The Child Mind Institute announced today that Hunter College will serve as the sponsor of the 2019 Rising Scientist Awards, which recognize rising Tri-State Area high school seniors who have demonstrated superior academic performance in science and extraordinary promise in research in the fields of mental health, neuroscience or biomedical engineering.

The five Rising Scientist Award winners will each receive a $2000 scholarship to be awarded at the Child Mind Institute’s On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium on October 15 at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. During the symposium, winners will have the opportunity to share their research with event attendees, who include world-class researchers and children’s mental health care experts, at a special poster session. In addition, winners will be invited to shadow a Child Mind Institute scientist for the day and to a special “lunch and learn” brain science session at the Child Mind Institute.

Nominations, which can be submitted here, are open through June 28. The winners will be notified in early September 2019.

“We are delighted to have Hunter College partner with us to recognize these outstanding young scientists,” said Child Mind Institute Founding President and Medical Director Harold Koplewicz, MD. “The Rising Scientist Awards are an opporuntity to encourage the growth of high school students who are already doing significant work, and who have the potential to join the ranks of the next generation of great researchers. ”

“Hunter College is committed to increasing opportunity for young New Yorkers with exceptional ability in the sciences, particularly those who are focusing on the critical fields that help lead to improvements in mental health,” said Jennifer J. Raab, president of Hunter College. “We’re so proud to partner with the remarkable team at the Child Mind Institute, and to host this important event to celebrate the bright future of scientific inquiry.”

The Rising Scientist Awards are given to five rising high school seniors who attend school in the New York tri-state area. To be eligible for the 2019 awards, nominees must be in the 11th grade during the 2018-2019 academic year. Nominations are submitted by a school faculty member or administrator and are limited to one nomination per school. The Rising Scientist Awards were created to not only recognize outstanding achievement in science, but to also nurture students’ love of science and encourage them to continue their research and study of the brain.

Now in its 8th year, the Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist Award is a recognized sign of pre-college student distinction. Past Rising Scientists have gone on to study at highly competitive schools. They have worked in prestigious laboratories at Mt. Sinai, Stony Brook, Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Rockefeller University, among others and have contributed to notable public organizations including the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Health America and Doctors Without Borders.

The following criteria will be used when considering nominees:

Outstanding achievement and interest in mental health research, neuroscience or biomedical engineering, as evidenced by strong academic performance in science courses, participation in related extracurricular activities, and scientific research studies or independent research.

About the Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at

About Hunter College

Located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study. Hunter’s student body is as diverse as New York City itself. For more than 140 years, Hunter has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities, and today, students from every walk of life and every corner of the world attend Hunter. In addition to offering a multitude of academic programs in its prestigious School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter offers a wide breadth of programs in its preeminent Schools of Education, Nursing, Social Work, Health Professions, and Urban Public Health.