Amgen Scholars

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.

About the award

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.

Real Life Research Experience: Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Agata Misiaszek

"Working at the interface of the academia and industry seems the most appealing to me, as it allows for both the basic curiosity-driven research and its application."
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Agata Misiaszek

Wrocław, Poland

Host University: Karolinska Institute

Home University: The University of Edinburgh

Amgen Scholar Year: 2017

Major: Molecular biology

Expected Graduation: May 2018

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

Ioannis Koulas From Greece Shares His #AmgenScholars Journey

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Ioannis Koulas

Thessaloniki, Greece

Host University: ETH Zürich

Home University: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Amgen Scholar Year: 2017

Major: Medicine

Expected Graduation: 2018

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

Did You Know First-Year Students Can Also Be Amgen Scholars? Meet Yulia Kostina

"Although the Amgen Scholars Program was advertised as a program for undergraduates, I never thought it would be possible for first-year students to get in."
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Yulia Kostina

Moscow, Russia

Host University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Home University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Amgen Scholar Year: 2017

Major: Biology

Expected Graduation: 2019

Journey to Science

What’s the larger significance of your Amgen Scholars research? What’s your ultimate career goal?

A Diagnosis That Led to Life’s Mission: Working to Reverse Alopecia Areata at Columbia

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Most Amgen Scholars only begin to learn about their summer research topic in their college years. For Trévon C. Gordon, his research topic began in high school, when he began to suffer from a condition called alopecia areata, which prevents him from growing hair. Since then, understanding the autoimmune disease has become his mission, and he spent his Amgen Scholars summer researching ways to treat it with a cutting-edge researcher who herself has alopecia areata.

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