Amgen Scholars

An Amgen Scholar Travels to New Opportunities

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The path from Amgen Scholars to working at a major pharmaceutical company has been anything but linear for Jan Botthof. Between his undergraduate work, PhD program, and now as a trainee in the International Future Leadership Program for Product Supply at Bayer, Botthof has taken time to try different roles and figure out the best balance of science in his career. Through his journey, Botthof has learned that many career options are available to those with science skills that go beyond traditional benchwork.

Check Out These Personal Accounts from the 2019 Amgen Scholars Program

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Each summer hundreds of undergraduates step into some of the world’s premier research universities and institutions to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program. Students conduct hands-on research in the lab alongside top faculty, participate in seminars and networking events, and take part in symposia with their peers and leading scientists.

Since 2007, Amgen Scholars have come from 52 U.S. states and territories, 73 countries and represented over 750 colleges and universities.

Tsinghua University Amgen Scholars Program 2019

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Amgen Scholars at the Tsinghua University consists of eight weeks of intensive research program in a wide range of fields in biomedical sciences. The accepted applicants will join a faculty’s laboratory and involve in one or more specific research projects. Each Scholar will have a faculty member as his/her mentor. In addition, a postdoc, a technician or a graduate student will be assigned to train and assist the student in the lab.

The Possibilities Lie Within Us

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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Can you imagine the implications to the country and society if we were better able to harness and unleash the talent all around us? What if opportunity and culture unlocked the ambition and dreams of more people – young and old – to achieve their potential? We’re barely scratching the surface.

We’ve all seen both stories.

Beyond the Bench: An Amgen Scholar Travels to New Opportunities

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The path from Amgen Scholars to working at a major pharmaceutical company has been anything but linear for Jan Botthof. Between his undergraduate work, PhD program, and now as a trainee in the International Future Leadership Program for Product Supply at Bayer, Botthof has taken time to try different roles and figure out the best balance of science in his career. Through his journey, Botthof has learned that many career options are available to those with science skills that go beyond traditional benchwork.

The Amgen Foundation and Amgen Scholars at The Atlantic Education Summit 2019

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Kudos to Amgen Scholars alumni Corshai Williams and Enrique Garcia-Rivera for so eloquently sharing their stories at The Atlantic Education Summit (per this 10-minute session). To learn more of Corshai’s remarkable story, see this profile in the Baltimore Sun.

HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS? Thoughts on Soccer Goals, Social Impact, and Surgical Errors

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This question is so fundamental, and yet too often it’s not even asked by those funding and working towards social impact.

We assume it was asked and answered by someone else at some earlier time, or that this initiative with its holistic approach to the whole person can’t be reduced to a single or even set of metrics. Or maybe it’s that we simply don’t have the time and resources to build that data-driven culture that allows us to adjust our strategy and actions based on whether our indicators of success are flashing green or red.

Mentorship Creates Lasting Bonds

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The science community really is a small world. Nick Watkins and Rocío Mercado met years ago in chemistry lab at at the University of California, Berkeley. Mercado mentored Watkins when she was a graduate student instructor and he was a second semester undergrad. While they have remained in close contact since, it wasn’t until they were contacted for this story that they realized they shared something in common: They are both Amgen Scholars who participated in the program at Caltech, years apart.

At the Top of Their Game: Messi, Gates & Wooten Not Only Share Great Talent, but Also Opportunity & An Environment That Allowed Their Talent to Thrive

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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You know it when you see it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda transforming a book into something else entirely. Messi moving up the field with a soccer ball that moves along with him. Diamond taking 13,000 years of history – and multiple disciplines – to incredibly show us how and why societies advanced in different ways at different rates.

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