Stanford, CA. (November 14, 2014)—Stanford University has been awarded a grant from the Amgen Foundation that will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the ninth year that Stanford University will participate in the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at many of the world’s premier educational institutions.
“It is an honor and a privilege to continue our partnership with the Amgen Foundation,” said Dr. Carlos Bustamante, Stanford Professor of Genetics and new Amgen Faculty Director. “Maintaining a diverse workforce is critical and philanthropic organizations like Amgen are absolutely essential in providing more opportunities for people in the sciences, meeting budget shortfalls, and driving the economic engine for Silicon Valley and the country as a whole.”
Stanford University is one of 17 educational institutions worldwide selected to host Amgen Scholars as part of the program’s latest expansion. The Amgen Foundation announced additional host sites in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, providing greater access and opportunity for young scientists to engage in cutting-edge research across a wide range of scientific fields and deepen their understanding of medical biotechnology.
The Amgen Foundation’s total commitment to the Amgen Scholars Program now reaches more than $50 million, bringing the Foundation’s total commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to over $100 million globally.
With more than 180 Amgen alumni, Stanford University exemplifies the Scholars Program’s incredible success. 96% of Stanford program alumni who have completed their undergraduate degrees are currently pursuing an advanced science degree or working in a scientific career field. “Our partnership with the Amgen Foundation has resulted in extraordinary outcomes and it has been rewarding to work with such talented and motivated Amgen Scholars each summer,” says Dr. Terrance Mayes, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education at Stanford and Program Director of the Amgen Scholars Program.
“I would highly recommend the Amgen Scholars Program to other students as it can be a turning point in their research careers,” says Stanford program alumnus, Moema Gondim. “It allows you to experience life as a graduate student. It is an incubation period in which you will mature as a person and as a scientist.”
Stanford University, along with the other 16 host institutions, are now accepting applications for the 2015 Amgen Scholars program. For more information about Amgen Scholars, or to complete an application online, visit www.amgenscholars.com and follow them at www.twitter.com/amgenfoundation.
Please note that financial support for students is also a critical component of the program, which seeks to ensure that eligible students, regardless of their financial status, are able to participate. Financial support details vary by institution.