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2016 Amgen Scholars by the Numbers


A decade ago, the Amgen Foundation announced its commitment to educating the next generation of scientists through the new Amgen Scholars Program. Since then, the program has grown in numerous ways, expanding to 17 host institutions in the U.S., Europe and Japan and opening doors for more undergraduates across the globe.

According to new applicant and participant data on the 2016 program, of the 5,123 students who applied in 2016, only about 7% or 359 students were accepted.

Meet Delia Borsum from Germany


School: Hedwig-Bollhagen-Gymnasium Velten

Subject and Grade Taught: biology, chemistry, physical education, 8-12th grade

Years Teaching: 20

Years in Amgen Teach community: 1

Participation in Amgen Teach programme: national training

Meet İsmail Dönmez from Turkey


School: Cebeci Primary School
Subject and Grade Taught: Science Teacher and 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade
Years Teaching: 8
Years in Amgen Teach community: 1
Participation in Amgen Teach programme: Bilim İçin EleEle –TED University -September,2014 Ankara -Turkey

İsmail attended an Amgen Teach science teacher training workshop in September 2014, organised by a team from TED University.

He teaches science at the Cebeci Primary School in Ankara and has eight years of experience as an educator.

Fall 2016 US Travel Award Cycle Opens


U.S. Alumni Travel Awards

Fall Deadline: September 22, 2016


The Amgen Scholars Program seeks to increase research proficiency and to promote professional networking opportunities for program alumni who are committed to scientific careers.

University of Cambridge and the Amgen Foundation Inspire Future Science Leaders at Unique Europe Symposium

Leading Scientists Share Insights With More Than 100 Science Students From 25 Countries
Press Release

CAMBRIDGE, UK, 5 September 2016 /3BL Media/ - Top scientific minds from across Europe will descend on the University of Cambridge September 5-6, as the Amgen Scholars Europe Symposium brings together leading scientists and 101 star pupils from 59 colleges and universities across 25 countries to exchange ideas and experiences gleaned from a unique summer research placement initiative.

Meet Christelle Rigal from France


School: Lycée Louis-le-Grand

Subject and Grade Taught: Earth and Life Sciences, years 10th to 12th

Years Teaching: 9

Years in Amgen Teach community: 6 months

Participation in Amgen Teach programme:

• Genome: dynamic and expression (national training)

• Inquiry Based Science project about Water Quality (DLA, recorded session only)

Meet Jordi Prims from Spain


School: Escola Cooperativa El Puig

Subject and Grade Taught: Mathematics and Science (13-16 years old)

Years Teaching: 19

Years in Amgen Teach community: 1

Participation in Amgen Teach programme:

Fundació Catalana de Recerca, Biomedicine training for high school teachers

Meet Kamil Březina from Czech Republic


School: Zikmund Winter Grammar School

Subject and Grade Taught: Chemistry, II and III grades

Years Teaching: 12

Years in Amgen Teach community: 2

Participation in Amgen Teach programme: National training, international workshop

Meet Alexandra Khelil-Schmidl from Austria


School: BG/BRG 21 Bertha von Suttner - Schulschiff

Subject and Grade Taught: Biology and Physics, Science Lab (10-18 years old)

Years Teaching: 6 years

Years in Amgen Teach community: 1.5

Participation in Amgen Teach programme:

Attending the 2016 U.S. Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by UCLA Amgen Scholar Rachel Sabol

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. In a creative expression of their institution, they were blazoned with the periodic table entry, Berkelium. I must say, there is something quite profound about a group of people that can make radioactive chemical elements fashionable.


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