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 Z├╝rich 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 >

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 >

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 >

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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