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Biotech Summer School

New grant to host Amgen Scholars Program

München, 11/12/2014

LMU Munich has been awarded a four-year grant by the Amgen Foundation that will provide hands-on laboratory experience for undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the 7th year of LMU Munich’s participation 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. LMU Munich is one of 17 research institutions worldwide, including Harvard and MIT in the US, ETH Zurich in Europe and the University of Tokyo in Asia, selected to host Amgen Scholars as part of the program’s latest expansion.

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 will receive 618 760 € from the Amgen Foundation to enable it to run the summer program until 2018 and to recruit qualified participants from all over Europe.

Since the summer of 2009, 148 undergraduate students have taken part in the Amgen Scholars Program in Munich, which was held in various university departments as well as in independent research establishments located on the HighTechCampusLMU. The Scholars were able to draw on the expertise and experience of the established investigators who coached them. In addition, they had the privilege of working in an environment whose research infrastructure in biotechnology and life sciences is unique in Europe.

From July until mid-September the students take an active part in research projects, and are exposed to a wide-ranging program of cutting-edge scientific seminars, workshops on scientific writing and poster design, and social activities. The final item on the program is a three-day symposium held at Cambridge University, which gives all the participants a chance to discuss their own hands-on experiences and scientific results, and exchange views and ideas sparked by what have learned in the course of their summer projects.

On the Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program first launched in the U.S. in 2006, and expanded to Europe in 2008. Over the past eight years, the Amgen Scholars Program has provided research opportunities under world-renowned mentors to nearly 2,500 undergraduate students. More than 90 percent of the program’s alumni who have completed their bachelor’s degree are currently pursuing an advanced degree or career in a scientific field.

Through 2018, an additional $18 million will be invested by the Amgen Foundation to support nearly 1,200 undergraduate students’ participation in the program. The Amgen Foundation’s total past and current 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. 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 host institution.

The 17 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.