The UCLA Amgen Scholars Program offers an intensive research experience working in the labs of distinguished UCLA faculty members. Students are matched with faculty mentors of their choice and work full time within their mentor’s laboratory for 10 weeks. All Amgen Scholars live together on the beautiful UCLA campus for the duration of the program.
In addition to laboratory research, students attend weekly seminars where they learn about the research of invited faculty speakers. Other seminars discuss graduate school applications and interviews, how to prepare research presentations, and discuss the different career opportunities in the basic sciences. The UCLA program includes GRE test preparation and writing assistance from a scientific writing instructor. In addition to these research and career oriented activities, the Amgen Scholars participate in program-sponsored social events that explore the greater Los Angeles area. At the conclusion of the program students submit a research paper and present a poster summarizing their summer research project.
Upon completion of the UCLA Amgen Scholars Program, students are better prepared and motivated to attend graduate school and pursue research careers.