February 1 deadline for science program

The Amgen Scholars Program, a partnership of the Amgen Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and universities around the country, is now accepting applications for the summer of 2008. The annual Amgen Scholars Program provides undergraduates the opportunity for hands-on research at 10 of the nation’s leading universities to explore an area of research under a faculty mentor beyond what they may be able to do as part of their regular undergraduate education.

In 2007, the program’s first year, 238 undergraduate students were selected as Amgen Scholars from approximately 1,700 applicants. Throughout the summer program, the Amgen Scholars were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of university-based research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science while working under some of the nation’s top academic scientists.

Additionally, students attended a three-day symposium in California to discuss their summer research projects, hear firsthand from leading scientists in academia and industry, and learn about drug discovery and development.

Each of the 10 participating host universities is charged with selecting approximately 25 participants from their own student body and other accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. While each host university has its own application, all require an official transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement or essay.

Students can apply to as many host universities as they like, with all applications due by Feb. 1.

The 10 host universities for the Amgen Scholars program are California Institute of Technology; Columbia University/Barnard College; Howard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco; and University of Washington.

For more information about Amgen Scholars or an application, visit www.amgenscholars.com.