Rising Scientist Awards FAQ


1. Can a school nominate more than one student?
No, only one student may be nominated by a school.

2. Is the Rising Scientist Awards open to all high school students?
No, only students in the 11th grade at a New York metro-area high school are eligible for nomination. Awards are announced in the fall as the students begin their senior year. Nominating schools must be located within 50 miles of New York City. A preference will be given to New York City public school students.

3. Can a student nominate himself or herself for a Rising Scientist Award?
No, students cannot nominate themselves. Nominations must be submitted by a faculty member or school administrator.

4. Do I have to fill out the online nomination form in its entirety?
Yes. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

5. Can additional materials be submitted to support a student’s nomination?
Yes. You are welcome to submit materials such as research papers, presentations, or articles that feature the nominee’s accomplishments in science and research academics or extracurricular activities. Additional supporting materials can be submitted via email to risingscientists@childmind.org. Please include nominee’s name in the subject line.

6. When can nominations be submitted for the 2018 Rising Scientists Awards?
The nominations period runs from February 26, 2018 through June 22, 2018.

7. Does the student have to attend an event to receive a Rising Scientist Awards?
We expect scholarship winners to attend a special awards breakfast and the Child Mind Institute’s On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium on October 18, 2018, when the scholarship winners are announced to the public. Both events will take place at The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center/CUNY in Manhattan.

8. Will nominating schools receive any award?
The student winner will receive the $2,000 scholarship. Their schools will not receive any financial award.

9. Are there restrictions on how the Rising Scientist Awards can be used?
Yes. The Rising Scientist Awards scholarship must be used for educational expenses (i.e., costs associated with college or university tuition and fees, school supplies, equipment or books.)

10. When will students be notified about the 2018 Rising Scientist Awards?
Student winners and their school nominators will be notified in early September 2018.