Scaling what works in #STEM

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

September 19, 2017

The cover of National Geographic magazine’s March 2015 issue is framed in my home office. The image of a staged moon landing, and five short sentences challenging common known facts serve as the backdrop for an ominous title: “The War on Science.” Read More >

Hands-On Scientific Learning Goes Global with Amgen Biotech Experience Expansion

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

August 24, 2017

It's no surprise that when students become fascinated by science, that enthusiasm can be contagious. From our survey with Change the Equation, we know students crave hands-on biology experiences that are often lacking in the classroom. Read More >

Updating America’s Lab Report

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

July 27, 2017

More than 10 years ago, the groundbreaking America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science examined the effectiveness of high school laboratory experiences. This report was a useful resource that we at Amgen Foundation referenced regularly when updating and enhancing our science education programs. Read More >

Supplementing Science Education with Khan Academy

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

May 19, 2017

In 2015, the Amgen Foundation entered into a yearlong partnership with Khan Academy to help expand its free, online education offering to include science content. We’d seen how the power of technology can help improve science education and literacy around the world, and we were eager to do our part in those efforts. Read More >

A Case Study: The Amgen Foundation and Khan Academy

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

May 16, 2017

After I first posted about our renewed partnership with Khan Academy in February, we were excited to be included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s recent report on how businesses help create greater educational opportunities. Read More >

Celebrating Amgen Biotech Experience Teachers Year-Round

By Amgen Foundation Staff

May 8, 2017

As National Teacher Appreciation Week kicks off today, we would like to thank the many educators that are the backbone of our programs, especially the amazing teachers and mentors involved in the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE), which empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their high school classrooms. Read More >

Meet the Amgen Volunteer: Catherine Grimm’s Experience with Khan Academy

Catherine Grimm
Associate, Pivotal Drug Substance
Cambridge, Massachusetts

April 25, 2017

I’ve always been interested in making science education approachable. During my undergraduate studies, I watched Khan Academy videos to better understand concepts outside of the classroom. Read More >

Meet the Amgen Volunteer: Jeff Reagan’s Experience with Khan Academy

Jeff Reagan
Scientific Director
San Francisco, California

April 25, 2017

It all started with the Dirac delta function. A while back, I was interested in learning more about it and I found a Khan Academy YouTube video that explained the Dirac delta function very well. This was by far the best and most clear video about it on YouTube. Ever since, I’ve been a big fan of Sal Khan because he has impressive credentials and presents engaging content. Read More >

Khan Academy: A High‐Quality Biology Education for All

Written By Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

February 23, 2017

Philanthropic organizations around the world grapple with the question of how best to deploy limited financial resources to achieve the most impact. For the Amgen Foundation, the answer starts with a clear mission and strategy, is followed by the selection of best-in-class organizations who consistently deliver excellent results, and closes with a thorough analysis of learnings and outcomes. Read More >

Who builds LA? GIRLS!

Written By Amgen Foundation Staff

January 26, 2017

On a January morning in Southern California, a team of Amgen scientists traveled to the University of Southern California to spend time with 10,000 young women from LA County schools through the LA Promise Fund’s Girls Build LA Initiative. Read More >

Attending the 2016 European Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by ETH Amgen Scholar Emil Nyerki

October 15, 2016

It was a typical morning in the UK: cloudy and a bit cold. We were very tired after the closing party. Some of us left in the early morning, some of us will leave in 2-3 hours. We were emotional. 21 ETH Amgen Scholars, a.k.a Zürich/Basel students. We spent 9 weeks together, travelled around Switzerland, and spent a day in Munich. We are brothers and sisters now. Read More >

Attending the 2016 Japan Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by Kyoto University Amgen Scholar Alex Sample

September 30, 2016

The Amgen Scholar Japan Symposium was a global gathering of passionate young scientists. The Amgen Scholars Japan Program is the only one of Scholar’s three programs to accept applications from any country which leads to a very diverse group; this year 48 Scholars from 17 countries participated. Read More >

Attending the 2016 U.S. Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by UCLA Amgen Scholar Rachel Sabol

August 1, 2016

As a self-proclaimed realist, I doubted that I would ever experience the fabled “love at first sight.” This changed the moment that I saw the crowd of UC Berkeley Amgen scholars lined up to register for the symposium, proudly sporting the trendiest summer internship shirts imaginable. Read More >

A Look Inside Amgen Biotech Experience Labs

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

July 29, 2016

Science is fascinating. It tells us who we are, what we’re made of and provides insights on how we can potentially solve huge problems, from cancer to climate change. But students can sometimes find the subject confusing, overwhelming and boring. Read More >

Teens: The Unacknowledged Experts in Science Education

Guest Post Written by Claus von Zastrow, Change the Equation

June 20, 2016

In education policy circles, we spend so much time talking about young people that we sometimes forget to listen to them. Young people can have critical insights on schools and learning that escape the researchers and policy wonks. Read More >

How Do We Get Teens Excited About Science?

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

June 7, 2016

We at the Amgen Foundation believe that an understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, particularly science, is critical for students to be prepared for careers and citizenship in the 21st century. Read More >

The Incredible Reach and Impact of a Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Online Class

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

May 26, 2016

The Internet has transformed our lives in many ways — from the way we work to the way we learn. Online accessibility has leveled the playing field and eliminated many barriers to traditional learning experiences, such as high-cost courses or professional development opportunities. Read More >

Ridgeview High School Students Show House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Their Lab Expertise

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

May 9, 2016

Stepping away from his day job for a few hours, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield on April 22nd to participate in the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) and truly see the power of hands-on learning. Read More >

Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program Coordinator Uses Rap Music to Spark Students’ Interest in Science, the Amgen Biotech Experience

Guest Post Written by Rebecca Lewis, EDC

December 10, 2015

With a passion for science and a desire to teach future generations, Alia Qatarneh, program coordinator for the Life Sciences Outreach Program at Harvard and the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) in Massachusetts, is remixing the way high school students across the state are studying science. Read More >

Amgen Foundation Goes to the White House: STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

December 3, 2015

At Amgen Foundation, we believe science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs are crucial to creating the next generation of innovators and scientists. As such, we’re honored to support and provide grants to some of the best STEM programs in the world. Read More >

Meet the Amgen Scholars of 2015

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

November 9, 2015

When most undergrads think back on ‘summer vacations’, they may associate them with sleeping in late, heading to the beach and spending free time watching Netflix.

But, there are some students who want to use those summers to do something more. For this select group, summers are an opportunity to network with globally renowned research scientists, experience new countries and cultures, and maybe, just maybe, participate in a research experience that helps find the cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s! We call them the Amgen Scholars .
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Amgen Biotech Experience Turns 25!

Written by Amgen Foundation Staff

October 30, 2015

Amgen Foundation has been, and continues to be, deeply committed to investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and promoting science literacy. To ignite a passion for science in students, it is crucial that they have access to hands-on experiences in the classroom. Likewise, it is essential that teachers are equipped with the knowledge, resources and professional development opportunities needed to inspire their students. Read More >

Amgen Foundation and Khan Academy Come Together to Provide Biology Resources for Students

Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

October 05, 2015

Here at the Amgen Foundation, we are deeply committed to inspiring the scientists of tomorrow. Our approach is to invest in creating excellent opportunities for students to learn science, and for science teachers to become even better at nurturing their students’ interest in the subject. Read More >

Attending the 2015 Europe Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by LMU Amgen Scholar Weng Ming Ng

Septmber 16, 2015

The symposium ended in quite an unexpected and emotional manner for me: 21 LMU Amgen Scholars forming a circle at the entrance of Clare College, Cambridge, on a freezing morning, yet the atmosphere was warmed by an amalgam of tears and laughter. This summer has brought so many bright minds into forging a bond of life-long friendship. As much as it was immutable that the program and the symposium had come to a completion, it really was just the beginning of our science careers. Read More >

Attending the 2015 Japan Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by The University of Tokyo Amgen Scholar Jenny Lai

August 12, 2015

For the Amgen Scholars at The University of Tokyo, the Japan Symposium marked the closing of our eight-week journey. It was an exciting first day, one we had been working towards the whole summer in our respective labs, one where we could share our passions and interests with fellow scientists, professors and the community. Read More >

Attending the 2015 Japan Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by The University of Tokyo Amgen Scholar Carly O’Connor

August 12, 2015

For me, the Amgen Scholars Japan Symposium at The University of Tokyo was the first time I ever identified with being a scientist. And it was huge. Read More >

Exploring Long-Term Solutions To Strengthen the Diversity and Support of the STEM Teacher Workforce

Guest post written by Dr. Joseph Wilson and Eduardo Celtin

August 10, 2015

Individuals with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines have no shortage of job opportunities. However, the majority of STEM fields - including teaching - continue to be disproportionately comprised of individuals who are Caucasian and come from backgrounds with higher income levels. Read More >

Guest Post: Attending the 2015 U.S. Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by Caltech Amgen Scholar Isabelle Rosenthal

August 9, 2015

As we clambered out of the bus, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Amgen Symposium which was taking place over the next few days. I had already spent the previous four weeks as an Amgen Scholar at Caltech getting to know my compatriots there, but this was new territory on another campus and with every Amgen Scholar in the country. Read More >

Guest Post: Attending the 2015 U.S. Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by Washington University, St. Louis Amgen Scholar Sam Gary

July 22, 2015

It’s the homestretch, but instead of cars racing to the finish line, there are over 200 young scientists scrambling to collect significant data worthy of publication.
Rewind to a week ago and these same Amgen Scholars were basking in the California sun on UCLA’s campus, enjoying a tremendous weekend of lectures, graduate/medical school admissions advice, and networking at the Amgen Scholars Summer Symposium.
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