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Amgen Scholars Discover Their Potential During Summer Science Research Program and National Symposium
Date:7/20/2009

being selected for premier fellowships including Rhodes Scholarships."

Presentations during the symposium included talks on the drug discovery and development process and discussion of the many career options in academia and industry for scientists with a doctorate. Amgen Scholars also had the opportunity to network with academic and industry scientists and their peers.

"The Amgen Scholars Program gave me a realistic sense of what being a scientist is," said Janelle Ruiz, 2008 Amgen Scholar from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who participated in the program at the University of Washington. "I discovered that a career in science is something that I should seriously consider."

In the U.S., Amgen Foundation's 10 host universities for the Amgen Scholars Program are California Institute of Technology; Columbia University/Barnard College; Howard University; MIT; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco; and University of Washington.

MIT, which has long been at the forefront of undergraduate research programming, serves as the U.S. program office and plays a leading role in the coordination, technical oversight and student outreach for the program.

Each Amgen Scholars institution is in charge of selecting approximately 25 participants from both its own student body, as well as from other accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States (U.S.), Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. While each program site has its own application process, all require an official transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement or essay.

Financial support for students is a critical component of the program, which seeks to ensure that eligible students, regardless of their finan
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