The Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a 10-week intensive summer laboratory experience in biomedical research for undergraduate students. Scholars work with a mentoring team made up of world-renowned faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Scholars take lead on an intriguing research project in a faculty member’s laboratory and work directly with an in-lab mentor, a postdoctoral scholar, and/or a graduate student. This creates an environment for scholars to become fully immersed in the research culture of the biosciences and the process of scientific discovery. The Amgen Scholars Program is administered by the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), which also oversees PhD education and training in the biological sciences.
In complement to the research experience, Amgen Scholars participate in lab meetings, journal clubs, scientific and professional development seminars and workshops, individual advisement, and community building activities. The program prepares scholars for applying to top-tier graduate and professional schools and fosters an understanding of the excitement and trajectory of a career in research. The program’s offerings include: scientific seminars and workshops, specialized journal clubs on topics in the biosciences, preparation materials for the GRE or MCAT, career and graduate pathway exploration, social outings, and coursework covering the science and business of biotechnology as well as interdisciplinary competencies for bioscience trainees. Scholars will also have the opportunity to attend various elective social outings that allow for exploration and engagement with the greater St. Louis area and community. The program concludes with a poster competition where scholars present on their summer projects.
Undergraduate students from across the United States who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not necessary. The selection process focuses on each applicant’s demonstrated curiosity and aptitude in math and science, strong recommendation letters, and interest in either PhD or MD/PhD training in preparation for a career in research in the biosciences. Participants receive generous stipends with housing, as well as paid travel expenses to and from St. Louis and to and from the Amgen Scholars U.S. Symposium. Scholars also receive free public transportation passes for use within the St. Louis area. The Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in Saint Louis is committed to empowering and developing the next generation of leaders in the biosciences.