February 1, 2018
Applications to be an Amgen Scholar are provided by and processed at each participating host institution. Follow the link above to find this institution’s application.
Dr. Carlos Bustamante
Professor, Genetics and (by courtesy) Biology
Samar Fahmy, Program Manager
The Amgen Scholars Program at Stanford University is the centerpiece of the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP). The SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program is a research-intensive residential program that takes place on Stanford's campus for a nine-week period from late June through Late August. Participants are matched with a PI and work in a lab for the duration of the program. Each scholar works with both a faculty member and a designated Lab Mentor to craft and/or work on a research project that is both challenging and feasible for the nine-week period. These scholars are expected to fully participate in all lab activities, including attending lab meetings, journal clubs, etc. The program culminates with a 2-day research symposium, where students present individual talks and posters on their summer projects in front of their peers, faculty, and lab mentors; this symposium is also open to the public.
In addition to the research, our program also contains a strong mentorship component. Each participant joins a mentoring group led by a Stanford graduate student or post-doctoral fellow. Weekly group sessions expand students' knowledge of scientific fields and guide them in the process of applying to graduate school. The mentors also coach the students on how to present their data and help them polish their presentation skills.
In addition to their lab work, students participate in weekly workshops, a GRE prep course (for the first 6 weeks only), as well as the occasional social outing. Weekend destinations include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, San Francisco, and UCLA for the Amgen Symposium.