Emmy Noether Award


Scientific discovery is the future of technology and progress. The best ideas are out there, and YOU have them! We believe that you can make these ideas a reality through a career of scientific research and discovery. Science is for everyone. It does not discriminate based on background or resources, and it does not discriminate by gender. If you have an idea and a passion, it is yours to explore. We want to help you explore it. We need more girls in science. We need more girls who are going to discover, explore, and change the world. We need YOU!


The Emmy Noether Award is a partnership among The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Benjamin Franklin High School, and From Student to Scientist. Sparked by an idea two high school scientists had to bring science to other students in a peer-to-peer based program, the Emmy Noether Award developed from the outreach program From Student to Scientist in partnership with Benjamin Franklin High School and the Brown Foundation to create a unique partnership among students, teachers, the community of New Orleans, and beyond.


The Emmy Noether Award is an investment in the future of young female scientists. Two young scientists will be awarded with silver medals, and one young scientist will be awarded with a gold medal and $25,000 of funding for each of three years that she remains in a graduate level program to obtain a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics through which she will continue to pursue research and discovery. Additionally, all three medalists will become members of the Emmy Noether Scholars, a network of motivated young female scientists working to further science, innovation, and discovery for students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds.


We're looking for girls who are juniors or seniors in high schools located in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes and Southwest Mississippi.


April 4th: Materials must be received by 11:59PM CST.

Please make sure that your application form is completed and the following materials are sent to: emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org

​- Official transcript (sent by school counselor)

- One letter of recommendation (teacher or mentor)

- Application form

- Two essays (one research essay and one personal essay sent by student)

​*Please follow this format for all file names: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DOCUMENTNAME

April 18th: Semifinalists will be notified via email. Semifinalists will be asked to schedule a 30 minute interview with the selection committee.

April 22nd: Semifinalist interviews will be conducted at the Brown Foundation office.

May 5th: Finalists will be notified via email.

May 13th: Inaugural Celebration and Awards Ceremony (all Finalists invited to attend.)



1. Download and complete the application form below. In this form, you will be required to complete:

- Contact information

- Background information

Email to emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org. File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_APPLICATIONFORM

Emmy Noether Award Application

2. Send us your two, personal essays. Respond to the following two questions, with a maximum of 500 words per essay:

​     A.) What has been your most significant STEM research experience (at school, home or in a lab)?

     B.) How do you see STEM playing a role in your future?

​Save your two essays in pdf format and send your responses to emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org. File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_PERSONALESSAYS


 3. Send your official transcript and a teacher recommendation.

Ask your school counselor to send your high school transcript to emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org. File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TRANSCRIPT

​Ask either (1) one of your high school teachers or (2) a mentor from a meaningful scientific research experience to write you a letter of recommendation. Only one letter of recommendation will be accepted. This letter, along with the the recommendation form, should be sent to emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org. File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_RECOMMENDATION and LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_RECOMMENDATIONFORM, respectively.

​Emmy Noether Award Recommendation Form


4. Sign the Emmy Noether Certification Statement.

Simple but important! Please complete and sign the Emmy Noether Certification Statement and send it to emmynoether@thebrownfoundation.org. File name: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CERTIFICATION


Contact us:

Email      emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org