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Extension of the Amgen Scholars Europe Program at LMU

$1 million for undergraduate projects in applied research

Munich, 11/12/2010

LMU, together with two other leading European universities, has been chosen to host the Amgen Scholars Europe Program. This follows on the successful completion of a two-year pilot phase for the international summer research program at European institutions. Over the coming four years, Amgen will support the program at LMU to the tune of $1 million. The money will be used to give 75 young undergraduates, selected each year from all over Europe, the opportunity to become acquainted with front-line research in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences under the tutelage of established investigators. The aim of the program is to inspire young people to take up science as a career.

The Amgen Scholars Europe Program was initiated by the Amgen Foundation, a charitable foundation funded by Amgen Inc., one of the world’s leading biotechnology firms. LMU has been chosen to host the program, together with Cambridge University and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Each will receive the sum of $1 million which is intended to cover the costs of designing and realizing the summer program and of selecting suitably qualified participants from all over Europe. The three universities are all members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 20 leading European universities that was founded with a view to influencing the formulation of policy in the areas of third-level education and research.

The Amgen Scholars Program, which was held over the past two summers in various university departments as well as in the independent research establishments located on the HighTechCampusLMU, was very well received by students and mentors alike. The undergraduate participants were able to draw on the expertise and experience of the established investigators who coached them. In addition, they had the opportunity to work in an environment whose research infrastructure in biotechnology and life sciences is unique in Europe.

From July until the end of September the students take an active part in research projects, and are exposed to a wide-ranging program of seminars and other events devoted to scientific topics. The subjects covered range from biochemistry and biopsychology via structural and molecular aspects of cell biology and developmental biology to neurobiology, computational neurosciences and physiology. The final item on the program was a three-day symposium held at Cambridge University, which gave all the participants a chance to discuss their own hands-on experiences and reactions, and exchange views and ideas on what they had learned in the course of their summer projects.

On the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program
The Amgen Scholars U:S. Program has now been running for four years. Each year the program provides undergraduates from all over the US with an opportunity to work with top-ranking scientists at leading universities. The program, which has an annual budget of $25 million, is hosted by 10 of the best-known American academic institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. In 2008 Amgen extended the program to take in three European universities. The Amgen Foundation invests a combined total of $34 million in the Scholars Programs in the USA and Europe.

For further informationen on the Amgen Scholars Program, go to:
www.amgenscholars.eu

Further informationen on the Amgen Foundation can be found at:
www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html

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