Two women from two different backgrounds – one from a rural town in Eurasian Georgia and the other from urban Barcelona – both shared something in common growing up: a lack of access to scientific research labs. Now thanks to the Amgen Scholars Program (ASP), both are breaking the mold to become role models for budding female scientists around the world.
This summer, 1,100 student interns will be living, studying, and working on the sprawling campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, just north of Washington, D.C. Among them will be five Amgen Scholar alumni who will serve as mentors to some of the high school student interns in a unique pilot program to teach scientists how to be educators.
Over the past 25 years, the Amgen Foundation has worked to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, particularly biology education, around the world. We have a long-standing history of reaching students through hands-on science programs such as the Amgen Biotech Experience and the Amgen Scholars Program, which have reached more than 500,000 students worldwide.
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.
Amgen employees in Turkey organized a community service initiative to mark the country’s annual National Children’s Day (April 23rd). Amgen staff donated barrels of toys, backpacks, shoes and clothing for needy children, which was distributed to 150 children in poor, rural communities.