My mom is a scientist. She carried out microbiology research as a graduate student, and later as a postdoc, for most of my upbringing. I would go to the lab with her, and I also remember working intensely on school science projects. I liked microbiology, but I ultimately became interested in neuroscience because some of my relatives had conditions that affected the brain.
My grandfather was a pharmacologist, and he told me about his work. I have always dreamt that one day I would create my own drug and it would help people and make a difference in the world. Science is what I enjoyed most in school. While at university, I wanted to combine applied math, physics, biology and chemistry to benefit from that knowledge. I can’t imagine my life without science in it.
Guest post written by ETH Amgen Scholar Emil Nyerki
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.
Guest post written by The University of Tokyo Amgen Scholar Alex Sample
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. This year, Kyoto University hosted the symposium, so naturally the best way to show the Tokyo Scholars the city was with a visit to one of Kyoto’s many shrines—in this case Fushimi Inari Taishita.