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Big Impact in Bio: Building Communities

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In this video, Amgen Scholars alumni tell their #BigImpactinBio stories, focusing on the importance of community building in science. Rachel Lucero (ASP 2014, University of California, San Diego) is a STEM teacher at the Dunbar School in Washington, D.C.; Marta Andrés Terré, Ph.D.

Big Impact in Bio: Identifying Biosignals to Improve Women’s Health

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From an early age, Suzanne Rohrback had a unique insight into the need for science to bridge gaps in medical care. Her big brother is autistic and growing up, Rohrback remembers thinking there were no good options for him – unmedicated, he could be unpredictably violent and medicated, he would be zombie-like. “But we don’t understand enough about what goes wrong in this condition to have created a better solution,” she says.

Big Impact in Bio: Creatively Engineering Tissue Solutions

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The word “creativity” may not be traditionally associated with scientific research, but for Elisa D’Arcangelo, it sums up some of the aspects she most values about being a biomedical engineer. As a tissue engineer, she must come up with creative solutions for growing tissue in the lab that can help shape new therapies for cancer and other diseases.

Amgen Foundation and Harvard Team up to Offer Free Online Science Education Platform

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  • Interactive Platform Levels Playing Field for Aspiring Scientists
     
  • Amgen Foundation Contributes $6.5 Million as Founding Sponsor
     
  • Technology Built on Open-Source edX Platforms
LabXchange Will Provide Virtual Lab Experiences Integrating Digital Instruction With Collaboration and Mentoring Opportunities
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  • Interactive Platform Levels Playing Field for Aspiring Scientists
     
  • Amgen Foundation Contributes $6.5 Million as Founding Sponsor
     
  • Technology Built on Open-Source edX Platforms

Big Impact in Bio: Funding the Translation From Bench to Bedside at the American Academy

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At a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology last year, Megan Krench saw something remarkable: Children, previously unable to move their head or sit up, were turning their heads to look at their parents, sitting up, and even walking. It was a video of a company’s clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat a devastating childhood neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy. Infants with this disease typically never reach any developmental milestones, and most die by age two.

Big Impact in Bio: Developing Nanomedicine and Mentoring Young Scientists the World-Over

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When Bronwyn Scott received a Stamps Scholarship a couple years ago, she cited an Amgen Scholar as the person having the greatest impact on her in her college career: “My incredible research mentor Dr. Joy Wolfram had inspired me to work hard, believe in myself, and remain unapologetic for my passion and drive. She continuously pushes me to reach for goals I thought were unattainable.”

Spring 2018 Alumni Travel Award Opens

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The Amgen Scholars Global Program Office is now accepting applications for Spring 2018 U.S. Alumni Travel Awards. The deadline for application submission is April 20, 2018.

Access the application and recommender form.

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Seize the Moment, Steel Yourself Against Rejection, and Connect: A Professor-Parent’s Advice

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Steven McCornack is an unlikely member of the Amgen Scholars community. He is not a biology researcher, undergraduate, program alumnus, or student program director. A professor of communications at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), McCornack studies interpersonal relationships. He has recommended students before for the Amgen Scholars Program but his true connection to the program is a very recent and personal one: his son was a 2017 Amgen Scholar.

Students Describe the Amgen Scholars Program as Inspiring and Unforgettable

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The Amgen Scholars Program provides young scientists across the globe access and opportunity through cutting-edge research experiences and exposure to biotechnology and drug discovery. In this video, participating students talk about the opportunities for independent research in top university labs, networking and communication skills. To learn more, visit: https://www.amgenscholars.com.

The Write Stuff: 3 Expert Tips from Tama Hasson on Academic Science Writing

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Dr. Tama Hasson starts off her New Year grilling would-be science writing skills tutors. From January to June, she interviews and evaluates senior graduate students to see if they have the “write stuff” to shepherd Amgen Scholars through the science writing process at UCLA.

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