"When I heard about the Amgen Scholars Program, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it would enable me to see if life in the lab was a fit for me."
"When you’re in the lab, you get to generate new knowledge. There’s an answer out there somewhere, but no one knows it yet."
"I felt a sense of community among my peers in the Amgen Scholars Program. Everyone was in the same boat, trying to figure out what they wanted to do for careers."
"I got to spend a lot of time of time interacting with my mentors. I learned how they were thinking about the research, and it felt nice to have that understanding."
"While at university, I wanted to combine applied math, physics, biology and chemistry to benefit from that knowledge. I can’t imagine my life without science in it."
"The Amgen Scholars Program has helped me realize my true calling in life as a scientist.”
“This has helped me confirm my decision to strive for an M.D. – Ph.D. as I have seen the way in which research and medicine coincide and reinforce each other.”
“It’s amazing to be in a program where everyone is passionate about science and research, but they are all so unique in their interests and research focuses.”
“The two opportunities I have found most incredible have been meeting other budding scientists, both here at the NIH and from other Amgen sites while at the symposium in California, and absorbing as much as I possibly can from some of the nation's foremost scientists and career advisors.”
“...the Amgen Scholars Program (ASP) is an unparalleled opportunity for young scientists to improve their professional skills.”
“These interactions will help me to explore the various fields of bioengineering and settle on a direction for graduate school and the rest of my career.”
“I have been studying Japanese for eight years, and the ability to use my language skills and conduct science is incomparable to any other experience I have ever had.”
“I realized that with a science-based career I will not only improve my own mind, but also the world around me.”
"The collaborative side of science is not always well advertised, but talking to scientists in industry as well as academia has shown me that research does not have to be a one person endeavor."
“We’re a very diverse group of students with a similar passion for science. The Amgen Scholars Program’s done a spectacular job of putting together a well-rounded group of people.”
“This was a great opportunity for me to see if I was capable of doing independent research as I would need to for a Ph.D.”