Lela Okromelidze grew up in the Eurasian country of Georgia, which after years of fighting following the fall of the Soviet Union, didn’t always provide the educational opportunities of many other countries. Having to occasionally attend school without heat or electricity, Lela, with the help of her mother, defied the odds and is now a fifth year medical student at Tbilisi State Medical University. Upon graduation, it is her goal to become resident physician at a leading medical institution in the U.S.
“Science is cumulative: Scientific discoveries of today will continue to reap benefits and become the accepted facts of tomorrow.”
Earning an undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2009 and a Ph.D. from MIT in 2014, Aaron Meyer now runs his own lab at MIT where he uses engineering tools to research the function of a family of receptors in the body and discover how to make better drugs to fight cancer. His work has been published in a number of scientific journals, and he was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award.
Scientists From Premier Educational and Research Institutions Reveal What the Future may Look Like
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., November 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In recognition of the Amgen Scholars Program’s 10th anniversary, the Amgen Foundation announced the Ten To Watch, a list highlighting the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine. Selected from more than 3,000 Amgen Scholars alumni, who represent 700 colleges and universities across 42 countries, the Ten To Watch is a diverse group of students that has the potential to help define the future of science.
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the Amgen Scholars Program, which aims to provide young scientists access to cutting-edge research experiences and biotech industry exposure. The program is hosted by 17 premier institutions in the U.S., Europe and Japan, with more than 3,100 students participating to date. Just this year alone, over 350 talented undergraduates spent their summer conducting hands-on research under leading academic scientists through the program.
Every summer, 40 high school students from Croatia and other areas of Europe gather for 10 days to conduct hands-on research projects with mentors who are only a few years their senior. In the small town of Požega nestled in the mountains of eastern Croatia, these students learn about opportunities in science that lie ahead of them.
A decade ago, the Amgen Foundation announced its commitment to educating the next generation of scientists through the new Amgen Scholars Program. Since then, the program has grown in numerous ways, expanding to 17 host institutions in the U.S., Europe and Japan and opening doors for more undergraduates across the globe.
According to new applicant and participant data on the 2016 program, of the 5,123 students who applied in 2016, only about 7% or 359 students were accepted.