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Call for Applications: The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
Date:11/4/2009

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that it now invites applications for its 19th annual Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE). This award is designed to recognize and honor extraordinary science teachers at the K-12 level who significantly impact their students through exemplary science teaching and who achieve demonstrated results in student learning in communities where Amgen operates.

With a longstanding commitment to science education, Amgen established the teacher awards program to promote and encourage science excellence in public and private schools. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded nearly $2.5 million to educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions and who have significantly impacted the lives of their students.

Amgen will honor a total of 34 teachers in states where Amgen has operating sites: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington and Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).

"Outstanding teachers motivate, inspire and prepare students for a better understanding of science and how it applies to the world around them," said Phyllis Piano, vice president, Corporate Communications and Philanthropy at Amgen. "Amgen is proud to honor educators in our communities who are dedicated to science teaching excellence and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments."

The 34 selected winners within the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada will receive the following benefits:

  • An unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD; and
  • A restricted $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD cash grant to the recipient's school for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, science resources, or the
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