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Amgen Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Expansion of Amgen Scholars Program to Europe
Date:11/10/2008

in industry and academia.

Internationally renowned Cambridge University will serve as the European Coordinating Center and will play a leading role in providing coordination, technical oversight and student outreach for the program, in addition to hosting the annual Amgen Scholars European Symposium.

"The Amgen Scholars Program will provide undergraduate students from across Europe with a fantastic opportunity to experience the scientific discovery process, as well as to network with top scientists and industry leaders," said Professor Tony Minson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Amgen Scholars European Coordinating Center. "We hope that this will inspire more young people to consider scientific careers -- at a time when the education of the next generation of scientists is more important than ever."

2009 Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Applications Now Available

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program, a $25 million, eight-year commitment of the Amgen Foundation, in partnership with 10 of the nation's premier universities, is now accepting applications for the summer of 2009. In 2007, the program's first year, 238 undergraduate students were selected as Amgen Scholars from approximately 1,700 applicants from across the U.S. In 2008, applicants rose to nearly 2,400 and nearly 250 students, representing 120 different U.S. colleges and universities, were chosen to participate.

The opportunity to work with some of the leading academic scientists in the country is a cornerstone of the program, with participating universities seeking to match students with faculty members who will both inspire and challenge them. For example, Dr. Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, one of the 2008 Nobel Prize recipients in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP, mentored an Amgen Scholar in his lab at Columbia.

Amgen Foundation's 10 host universities for the Amgen Schola
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