Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: The Importance of Equal Opportunities in Science Learning, and How LabXchange Helps Narrow the Gap

Guest post written by Daniel Nunez Huaracha, undergraduate neuroscience student at Harvard and LabXchange user

September 30, 2020

When I was a kid, my vision of who I could and would become seemed limited, and I tended to see my future as a blue-collar worker. That was a familiar path to me, but I set a goal and was determined to pursue a college education at an Ivy League school. Now, I’m a first-generation college student studying neuroscience at Harvard University.Read More >

It’s Time to Double Down on Science Education

Written by Eduardo Cetlin

July 22, 2020

The race against the clock to develop treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 has brought the importance of science and STEM education to the fore. As we’re coming to see, investments we make in science can have a significant impact on the well-being of humanity.Read More >

How I use Interactive Infographics to Center my Classroom with Investigation and Design

Guest post written by NASEM Committee Member Kenneth Huff

May 20, 2020

Placing science investigation and engineering design at the center of my classroom requires I abandon several traditional approaches to instruction. Now, science investigation and engineering design have become the central approach for teaching and learning science and engineering in my classroom as recommended in Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center (NASEM, 2019).Read More >

Supporting Transformative Change in Science Classrooms Across America: A New Report from the National Academies Sponsored by Amgen Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York

Guest post written by NAS Committee Member Anne Egger

February 12, 2019

How do we make change happen in education? Not just one teacher engaging more students, or one school increasing student achievement, or one state legislating smaller class sizes, but transformative change that shifts the entire system to a new equilibrium? Read More >

Quality Science for All: Q&A with Tara Bennett Bristow

Guest post written by Carly Stevens of LabXchange

December 28, 2018

How do you make science accessible for everyone? LabXchange continues to ask this question with the hope of breaking down technological barriers in order to make the life sciences available to learners all over the world, especially where resources are lacking. Read More >

Nurturing Teachers and Giving Back in Puerto Rico

Guest post written by written by the ABE Program Office

December 12, 2018

Héctor L Ayala-Del-Río recently received an unexpected thank you card: It was from an Amgen Biotech Experience teacher in Puerto Rico, explaining that she was having a challenging time in her classroom, but how a recent event that Ayala-Del-Río and his team organized made all the difference. Read More >

Scientific Communion at Caltech

Guest post written by Caltech Amgen Scholar Samantha Jensen

September 20, 2017

The kitchen of Avery House was a sacred place this summer. Invariably, entering the room led to participating in an earnest and heavy discussion: about aspirations, about CRISPR Cas9 vectors, about God and morality, about algorithmic complexity, about relationships, about protein binding sites, about wind resistance. Undergraduate researchers from all over the world gathered there to joke, watch TV, and eat ramen noodles. Read More >

Connecting with My Cohort: The Best Part of My Amgen Scholars Experience

Guest post written by Washington University Amgen Scholar Cody Savage

September 20, 2017

When I was first asked to blog about the most valuable part of the Amgen Scholars Program for me this past summer, I had no idea how to respond. How could I choose from the many great opportunities I had been given? Maybe I should talk about being able to experience life as a graduate student working full time in a lab. Or maybe, I should talk about having the opportunity to explore a completely new research setting and collaborating with some of the best scientists in the world. Read More >

Learning to Thrive in a New Environment: The Perspective from Cambridge

Guest post written by University of Cambridge Amgen Scholar Frances England

September 20, 2017

On a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon, 21 students from 17 different countries all arrived in Cambridge. Each of us came from a unique background, armed with distinctive outlooks on life, but we all shared the same unequivocal curiosity and passion that science demands. Read More >

A Summer of Research, Fun, and Friendship

Guest post written by ETH Zürich Amgen Scholar Azmi Rahman

September 20, 2017

This past summer, I participated in the Amgen Scholars Europe program, which offered students an opportunity to work with a European research lab of their choice and to then share their findings with fellow attendees at a symposium held in University of Cambridge. Read More >

Cultural and Research Diversity at Kyoto University

Guest post written by Kyoto University Amgen Scholar Grace Njuguna

September 20, 2017

The Japan Amgen Scholars Program gives an opportunity to students from every part of the world to come together and participate in research in different branches of science. This year, I was privileged to be part of the Amgen Scholars 2017 cohort, which consisted of 44 international students and 4 students from Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo. Read More >

The Joys of Working in a Lab: Reflections on a Summer at the Kyoto University

Guest post written by Kyoto University Amgen Scholar Nguyen Hoang Yen Nhi

September 20, 2017

For me, the most valuable part of Amgen Scholars Program was working in a laboratory. I met great people who made me feel appreciated and loved. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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