"Even though I didn’t work on drug design in this program, Nakamura Lab and Japan in general taught me one very crucial thing: how to work. I saw people putting their soul into their projects and generating new ideas every single day. They were passionate about their projects and didn’t just work; they did something they enjoyed."
"I also enjoyed interacting with many international students in my lab. I have come to realize that I have many colleagues with which to work, as well as lots of goals toward which I can work outside of Kyoto University."
"The freedom, trust and respect my supervisor and lab colleagues showed toward me allowed me to flourish on my own, and has suitably prepared me for PhD life after I graduate–and my future career as a physician scientist."
"At my [home] university, all of my research was paper-based, so I had never been in a lab before. That’s why this experience with the Amgen Scholars Program was a great opportunity for me."
"Although I had research experience in statistics and epidemiology, the Amgen Scholars Program gave me my first hands-on bench experience."
"It was validating for me to come into this environment, a top-tier research institution, and be able to participate and accomplish something."
“I applied because I wanted to learn the state-of-the-art methods in the field, and gain access to knowledge and others’ expertise that I couldn’t otherwise.”
"It was absolutely amazing to be able to speak with experienced researchers at the symposium about the science, and career paths in science. Attending the symposium helped confirmed my decision to pursue a career in academic medicine."
"The time I spent in Munich was invaluable. My time in the lab went by too quickly and I deeply enjoyed learning techniques and doing experiments."
"Conducting research at the University of Cambridge has given me the skills and confidence to work independently in my research field."
"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."