Made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program.

Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region (U.S., Europe or Japan) where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

Amgen Scholars at a glance:

  • No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply.
  • You do not need to currently attend one of the 17 host institutions to participate in the program. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date.
  • During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
  • Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
  • Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers.
  • Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.

Academic research areas    Biochemistry  Bioengineering  Bioinformatics  Biopsychology  Biotechnology  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  Chemistry  Immunology  Medical Pharmacology  Microbiology  Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology  Molecular Genetics  Molecular Medicine  Molecular Pharmacology  Neurobiology  Neuroscience  Pathology  Physiological Psychology  Physiological Science  Statistics  Toxicology

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A signature component of the summer program is the symposium where students hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. Over the course of the symposium, Scholars have the chance to share their summer research projects with their peers and deepen their understanding of drug discovery and development.

Amgen Scholars from across the U.S. meet in California, Amgen Scholars from across Europe convene in England, and Amgen Scholars across Japan meet in Tokyo. The three symposia provide undergraduates with a valuable opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars as well as interact with top industry and academic scientists.

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