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Alumni in Action: Luvena Ong

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Host Institution: Columbia University, Barnard College, 2009
Current Status: PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

While in the Amgen Scholars Program, Luvena Ong got a firsthand look at what doing independent research would be like. Inspired by the Program and other experiences, she is now pursuing a PhD as a part of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, where she is developing and applying nucleic acid–based nanosystems.

Amgen Scholars Alumni in Action: Megan Krench

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At an Amgen Scholars alumni event held at MIT in spring 2015, we asked former Scholars how the Program has affected their career paths. Here’s what they told us.

Megan Krench

Host Institution: MIT, 2008

Current Status: PhD candidate in nueroscience

The Amgen Scholars 2014 Symposia: Perspectives on the Path


Amgen Scholars Symposia—in the form of conferences held in Los Angeles for US Scholars and in Cambridge, England, for Scholars from throughout Europe—give Scholars much-needed perspective as they imagine potential careers in science.

In 2014, at the Program’s two annual Symposia, Amgen Scholars heard presentations by established scientists whose career trajectories embody advice regarding perspectives on the path to science careers.

Amgen Scholars Become Mentors


Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2008 Scholar Megan Krench is one of those who has acted as a mentor, taking on two Amgen Scholars during her time as a doctoral student at MIT. “I had a really positive experience with the Amgen Scholars Program, and I wanted to give back to the Program. It was a nice opportunity to show my appreciation,” says Megan, who expected to graduate with a PhD in brain and cognitive sciences in February 2016.

Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program Coordinator Uses Rap Music to Spark Students’ Interest in Science, the Amgen Biotech Experience


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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.

Amgen Foundation Goes to the White House: STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative


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.

Meet Amgen Scholars Faculty Mentor Linda Griffith, Ph.D.


Linda Griffith, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Gynepathology Research

School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Biological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2014 Amgen Scholars Alumni Impact


Former Amgen Scholars are now pursuing advanced degrees in science or performing in careers in industry and academia. View more about our alumni on the Amgen Scholars website. Also, check out the full Amgen Scholars Program 2014 Annual Report.


A Letter from Amgen Scholars Leadership


Since its inception in 2006, more than 2,500 talented undergraduates have participated in the Amgen Scholars Program by undertaking hands-on summer research projects in science and engineering laboratories at 13 host institutions in the United States and Europe. And a growing cadre of Program alumni are going on to graduate school and scientific careers across the globe.

Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Karen Zhang


"The collaborative side of science is not always well advertised, but talking to scientists in industry as well as academia has shown me that research does not have to be a one person endeavor."


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