Rising Scientist Awards FAQ

1. Is the Rising Scientist Awards open to all high school students?
No. The Rising Scientist Award is open only to US high school students who will be seniors in Fall 2020.

2. Does the prize include a financial award?
Yes. Winning students receive a $2,000 scholarship for college expenses. See what else the winners receive and get basic information about this scholarship program on our Rising Scientists Award page.

3. 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) at any US college or university.

4. Can a student nominate himself or herself for a Rising Scientist Award?
No. Only a school faculty member or school administrator may submit a nomination.

5. Can a school nominate more than one student?
Yes. A school may nominate as many students as they like.

6. What attributes make for a strong award candidate?
Strong Rising Scientist candidates have an outstanding academic record in science courses, participated in extracurricular activities related to science, and have completed a research project or independent study in the area of psychology, neuroscience or biomedical engineering.

7. When can nominations be submitted for the 2020 Rising Scientists Awards?
Nominations are now closed.

8. Does the online nomination form need to be completed in its entirety?
Yes. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

9. Can additional materials be submitted to support a student’s nomination?
Yes. Educators are invited to submit materials such as research papers, presentations, or articles that feature the nominee’s relevant accomplishments. Additional supporting materials can be submitted via email to risingscientists@childmind.org or can be linked to in the designated area of the nomination form.

10. When will students be notified about the 2020 Rising Scientist Awards?
Student winners and their school nominators will be notified in mid-September 2020.

11. Does the student have to attend an event to receive his or her Rising Scientist Award?
Yes. Rising Scientist winners (and a school representative) are expected to attend an awards ceremony. The 2020 event will be virtual and take place on October 6th, 2020.

Get basic information about Rising Scientist Awards, or visit our On the Shoulders of Giants page to learn more about the scientific symposium the winners are asked to attend.