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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Vera Thornton

"It was validating for me to come into this environment, a top-tier research institution, and be able to participate and accomplish something."
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Tucson, Arizona

Host University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Home University: University of Arizona

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Neuroscience and Mathematics

Expected Graduation: 2017

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Nicole Półtorak

“I applied because I wanted to learn the state-of-the-art methods in the field, and gain access to knowledge and others’ expertise that I couldn’t otherwise.”
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Zduńska Wola, Poland

Host University: ETH Zurich

Home University: University of Southern Denmark

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Mechatronics

Expected Graduation: 2017

 

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Bryan Peacker

"It was absolutely amazing to be able to speak with experienced researchers at the symposium about the science, and career paths in science. Attending the symposium helped confirmed my decision to pursue a career in academic medicine."
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Orlando, Florida

Host University: National Institutes of Health

Home University: Harvard University

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Human and Developmental Regenerative Biology

Expected Graduation: 2018

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Elisa Paoluzzi Tomada

"The time I spent in Munich was invaluable. My time in the lab went by too quickly and I deeply enjoyed learning techniques and doing experiments."
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Milan, Italy

Host University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Home University: Humanitas University

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Medicine and Surgery

Expected Graduation: 2019
 

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

I have always been curious about human biology and have had a desire to help others. This has motivated me to study human diseases and to pursue a career in which I could help others through medicine and scientific research.
 

Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Rana Tahir Rasool

"Conducting research at the University of Cambridge has given me the skills and confidence to work independently in my research field."
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Lahore, Pakistan

Host University: University of Cambridge

Home University: University of Zagreb

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Medicine

Expected Graduation: 2018

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Candice Ford

"When I heard about the Amgen Scholars Program, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it would enable me to see if life in the lab was a fit for me."
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Host University: Institut Pasteur

Home University: University of Bristol

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Chemistry

Expected Graduation: 2018

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Danielle Spitzer

"When you’re in the lab, you get to generate new knowledge. There’s an answer out there somewhere, but no one knows it yet.”
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Host University: Columbia University

Home University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Biology and Women’s Studies

Expected Graduation: 2017

 

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Assama Ketegou

"I felt a sense of community among my peers in the Amgen Scholars Program. Everyone was in the same boat, trying to figure out what they wanted to do for careers."
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Host University: Washington University in St. Louis

Home University: New York University

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Pre-medicine

Expected Graduation:2017

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How did you become interested in science?

Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Anthony Preza

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Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

My mom is a scientist. She carried out microbiology research as a graduate student, and later as a postdoc, for most of my upbringing. I would go to the lab with her, and I also remember working intensely on school science projects. I liked microbiology, but I ultimately became interested in neuroscience because some of my relatives had conditions that affected the brain.

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Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Anna Talyzina

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Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

My grandfather was a pharmacologist, and he told me about his work. I have always dreamt that one day I would create my own drug and it would help people and make a difference in the world. Science is what I enjoyed most in school. While at university, I wanted to combine applied math, physics, biology and chemistry to benefit from that knowledge. I can’t imagine my life without science in it.

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