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LMU selected as host university for Amgen Scholars Europe Program

Munich, 11/10/2008

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München has been selected, along with two other leading universities, as a host university for the Amgen Scholars Europe Program starting next summer. This international initiative will provide more than 100 selected undergraduate students from throughout Europe with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience under the eyes of top scientists.

“LMU Munich is excited to host the innovative Amgen Scholars Program aiming to encourage young students to pursue careers in the life sciences and biotechnology,” says Professor Reinhard Putz, LMU Vice President (International). “The future scientists will benefit from the know-how of internationally renowned academics at the LMU Biocenter, which is embedded in a unique network of world-class biotech research institutes at our HighTechCampusLMU.”

The Amgen Scholars Europe Program is a $ 2.5 million, two-year initiative funded by a grant from the Amgen Foundation, one of the largest biotechnology companies in the US, The program will provide research experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in science. Along with LMU Munich, two other top European universities have been selected as AMGEN Scholars sites: the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. For the first phase of the program, which extends through 2010, each of the three university partners will receive funding to host the summer research program, selecting undergraduates from colleges and universities across Europe. The three European universities are already in a close cooperation within the framework of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a sought-after panel of experts and a powerful lobby for the interests of European higher education and research.

“With the launch of the Amgen Scholars Program in Europe, undergraduates from many nations will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the real world of research and experience firsthand what it takes to contribute to the advancement of knowledge,” says Jean J. Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. “Under the guidance of distinguished faculty mentors, we hope the Scholars will be inspired to discover their potential as future scientists.”

The Amgen Scholars Program at LMU will be directed by Professor Benedikt Grothe, Chair of Neurobiology and Speaker of the Munich Center for Neurosciences Brain & Mind: “This new program gives us the great opportunity to attract highly motivated young students from other European Countries to open their minds for the interdisciplinary research in modern life-sciences,” says Grothe. “In combination with the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences and the local International Max Planck Research School this undergraduate research program complements very well the educational opportunities, Munich has to offer. Now selected undergraduates will have the unique opportunity to get an insight on research and student life at the Campus in Grosshadern-Martinsried. This will help and motivate them to actively plan their future careers.” 20  renowned researchers from the LMU Biocenter and other departments in the sciences as well as various adjunct research institutes have already signalled their interest in hosting students in their laboratories, and contributing to the workshops that LMU will offer the young scholars.

From July to September 2009, the students recruited from all over Europe will participate in research projects, scientific seminars and other networking events at LMU in the fields of biochemistry, biopsychology as well as structural, molecular, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, computational neuroscience, and physiological sciences. All participating students are invited to take part in a three-day symposium towards the end of the summer program to be held in Cambridge, England. At the symposium, students will have the opportunity to share their new ideas from the summer research projects, hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia, and hook up with other Amgen Scholars from across Europe.

The Amgen Scholars Program will complement the Munich International Summer University-LMU (MISU-LMU), LMU’s summer program  covering a large variety of subjects.

 

About the Amgen Scholars US Program and the Amgen Foundation

Each year, students from across the United States participate in the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program under renowned faculty members at the country’s leading universities. A signature Amgen Foundation education initiative, Amgen Scholars is already a $ 25 million, eight-year program at 10 premier universities throughout the United States, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about Amgen Scholars including eligibility criteria and applications, please visit: www.amgenscholars.eu

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made more than $125 million in grants to nonprofit organisations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also supported disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.

The Amgen Foundation and United Way International (UWI) work together to enhance the quality of international grantmaking to not-for-profit organisations outside of the U.S. Through this collaboration, the Amgen Foundation has created a Donor Advised Gift Fund at UWI. UWI independently evaluates recommended grantees, exercising the discretion, control, and oversight required by U.S. laws governing international grantmaking.

For more information about the Amgen Foundation, please visit: www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html

 

Contacts at Amgen:
Annette Condon, ++353 87 284 1951 (EU media, Amgen)
Kristen Davis, ++1 805 447 3008 (US media, Amgen)

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