Rising Scientist Awards

Each year, college scholarships are awarded to high school students who show exceptional promise in research in the fields of child and adolescent mental health or pediatric neuroscience. Read the guidelines below for eligibility.

The Rising Scientist Awards are given annually to outstanding high school students in the New York metro area who show exceptional promise in research in the fields of child and adolescent mental health and/or pediatric neuroscience. Each spring the Child Mind Institute and The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center/CUNY invite New York-area high schools to nominate one exemplary 11th grade science student candidate for this honor. Awards are presented in the fall, as the winners enter their senior year, at our annual On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium.

To be selected for the Rising Scientist Awards, a student must demonstrate:
•Outstanding achievement and interest in the field of research child and adolescent mental health and/or pediatric neuroscience, as evidenced by strong academic performance in science courses, participation in related extracurricular activities and proficiency in scientific research studies or independent research.
•A commitment to understanding and addressing difficult scientific questions, as evidenced by special projects, presentations and/or publications.

Each Rising Scientist will receive:
•A $2,000 scholarship for college expenses and a Rising Scientist Awards certificate, presented in a special ceremony at the Child Mind Institute’s On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium.
•An invitation for student winners, their parents and their faculty sponsors to attend an intimate breakfast event with special guests at The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center/CUNY, including the Child Mind Institute Sarah Gund Distinguished Scientist Award
•Recognition in press releases distributed to national media outlets, on the Child Mind Institute website and in social media promotion.

The nomination period for the 2019 program runs February 1 through June 28, 2019. For more information about the program or nomination guidelines, see the Frequently Asked Questions page or email risingscientists@childmind.org.

Our partner in presenting the Rising Scientist Awards
The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center/CUNY is a University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. The center is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture with researchers from each of the initiatives working side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available.

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Past Winners of Rising Scientist Awards, 2012-2018

2018 Winners

Ellen Amico, Byram Hills High School
Julia Morneau, Wilton High School
James Rogers, Smithtown High School West
Arsam Shaikh, High School for Youth and Community Development
John Sukumar, Ossining High School

2017 Winners

Sarah Adamo, Smithtown High School West
Zara Malik, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Hawthorne Ripley, The Packer Collegiate Institute
Amy Shteyman, John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
Kylie Zarro, Ossining High School

2016 Winners

Max Bazil, John F. Kennedy High School
Cosette Davis, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Rachel Goldman, Ardsley Union Free School District
Claire Kelly, John F. Kennedy High School
Lauren Singer, Scarsdale High School
Caitlin Unkenholz, Smithtown High School West

2015 Winners

Remi Golden, George W. Hewlet High School
Rachel Mashal, John F. Kennedy High School
Morgan Robins, Hewitt School
Emily Ryeome, The Chapin School
Anna Vaynrub, Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School

2014 Winners

Tynan Couture-Rashid, St. Ann’s School
Matthew Guido, River Dell Regional High School
Alexandra Hohmann, The Chapin School
Skye Malik, The Hewitt School
William Merrill, The Packer Collegiate Institute
Brinda Ramesh, Ossining High School
Isabella Salas-Allende, Marymount School of New York
Morgan Savige, Riverdale Country School
Faith Shaeffer, Hastings High School
Yinge Zhao, The Dalton School

2013 Winners

Leighton Braunstein, The Dalton School
Matthew Cavallaro, Bay Ridge Preparatory School
Sarah Crawford, Notre Dame Academy
Emily Garner, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Cristina Lai, Great Neck South High School
Dante Natarelli, Robert Louis Stevenson School
Sara Ragi, Dwight-Englewood School
Jill Shah, Riverdale Country School
Alexandra Brown-Weissman, The Hewitt School
Hopewell Rogers, Marymount School of New York

2012 Winners

Jake Drobner, Dwight-Englewood School
Sophia Edelstein, The Dalton School
Mariel Emrich, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Daniel Fischer, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Jane Jeffery, The Chapin School
Ian Kaplan, The Bronx High School of Science
Jillian Katz, Rye Country Day School
Henry Magun, Riverdale Country School
Maxine McGredy, Hunter College High School
Anna Mendelson, The Hewitt School