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Science Initiative Rising Scientist Awards

Deadline: 5th of July

The crisis in children’s mental health goes many ways, from stigma, to proper attention and slow progress on the science. There is a need to develop new treatments.  Science Initiative Rising Scientist Awards is investing in the scientific leaders of tomorrow will accelerate discovery and transform children’s lives.


  • Interest and achievement in psychology, neuroscience or biomedical engineering research
  • A strong academic performance in science courses
  • Must have participated in related extracurricular activities
  • Must have scientific research studies or independent research in one of the three areas of focus


  •  $2,000 scholarship for college expenses
  • An opportunity for the qualified beneficiaries to share their research at the Child Mind Institute’s annual On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium, attended by world-class scientists (to be held virtually on October 4, 2022)
  • A recognition of awards ceremony following the symposium, the VIP guests, including the Child Mind Institute’s Sarah Gund Distinguished Scientist will be in attendance.
  • The 2022 Distinguished Scientist Awardee is Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Chair, Department of Pharmacology; Director for the Program in Neuroscience (PIN) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • Invitations to attend a special educational event with representatives from the Child Mind Institute’s research programs and to shadow a Child Mind Institute researcher for a day.
  • Recognition in different media outlets, distributed to national media outlets, on childmind.org and in social media promotion.


  • A copy of the student’s transcript is required to be submitted with the nomination form.


  • Candidates are nominated in their junior year of high school and winners are celebrated in their senior year. Nominations may only be submitted by school faculty.  Once a nomination has been received, the student will be asked to complete a brief form to collect background information and share at least one work sample. This request will be sent to the student email provided in the nomination form.

Application Deadline: 5th of July

Click here to nominate (apply)


Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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