Amgen-UROP Scholars Focus on Biological and Biotech Research

By Michael Bergren, Associate Dean for Academic and Research Initiatives, UAAP

On June 8, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming welcomed twenty-seven participants to the third year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, a summer initiative that places undergraduates on faculty-mentored research projects in the biological and biotech areas. Twelve of this year’s participants currently attend MIT. The remaining fifteen students were recruited from colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Wyoming, Oberlin College, Syracuse University, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Tougaloo College.

Recruitment for the Program began in November 2008; by February 2009, 410 complete applications had been received, the highest number submitted since the Program began in 2007.

In addition to full-time research in various departments, labs, and centers across campus, Scholars will attend programming that is designed to complement research experiences. This includes scientific writing workshops, a faculty lunch series, and a mid-summer undergraduate research symposium hosted on the UCLA campus. The program culminates with a poster session on Friday, August 7, in Lobby 13. An invitation will be circulated to all members of the DUE community.UROP logo