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|Amgen Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Expansion of Amgen Scholars Program to Europe|
Hands-On Science Research Program Expansion Brings the Amgen Foundation's Total Commitment to Amgen Scholars to $27.5 Million
Applications for 2009 Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Now Available
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2008) -- Each year, hundreds of students from across the United States (U.S.) participate in the Amgen Scholars Program under renowned faculty members at the country's leading universities. Now, the same opportunity will be extended to undergraduates throughout Europe. As part of its mission to advance science education, the Amgen Foundation, in partnership with three of Europe's leading universities, today announced the launch of the Amgen Scholars Program in Europe.
The initial expansion of Amgen Scholars to Europe is a $2.5 million, two-year program that will provide research experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in science. The three European university partners are the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen in Germany.
For the first phase of the program, which extends through 2010, each of the three university partners will receive funding to host the summer research program, selecting undergraduate participants from colleges and universities across Europe. Similar to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program, students will participate in an annual three-day symposium where they will hear firsthand from leading scientists working 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 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 Scholars U.S. 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. 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 of the 10 participating host universities in the U.S. is responsible for selecting approximately 25 participants from both their own student body, as well as from other accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories.
Financial support for students is a critical component of the U.S. and European program, which aims to ensure that eligible students, regardless of their financial status, are able to participate. Please note that details vary by host university.
For more information about Amgen Scholars including eligibility criteria and applications, please visit www.amgenscholars.com.
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