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New Amgen Scholars Web site Launches to Build a Global Network for Future Scientists
Date:12/3/2009

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Each year, hundreds of undergraduate students from across the United States (U.S.) and Europe participate in the Amgen Scholars Program to gain hands-on laboratory experience under renowned faculty members at the world's leading universities. Now, the Amgen Scholars - past, present and future - will have exclusive access to the online Amgen Scholars Community at www.amgenscholars.com.

"The new Web site is designed to connect, engage and inspire Amgen Scholars on a global level by bringing together participants from diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging scientific career aspirations," said Jean J. Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. "We hope that the online community will enrich the experience for all Amgen Scholars, not only during the program, but throughout their future careers in science."

The new Web site, launched in partnership with The Scientist, a leading life sciences magazine, allows current Amgen Scholars and alumni to login and access tools aimed at helping them build professional networks and read the latest science and career news. Through the use of interactive polls, message boards, personal profiles and blogs, users can discuss their participation in the program and various science-related topics such as graduate education and career paths in research. Others interested in the program can also view past participant and faculty mentor profiles and read excerpts of student blogs from the online community in the publicly-accessible section of the site.

2010 Amgen Scholars Program Applications Now Available

Established in 2006, Amgen Scholars is a $27.5 million initiative that provides undergraduates with the opportunity for hands-on research at some of the world's leading institutions. The opportunity to work with top academic scientists is a cornerstone of
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