MIT Hosts 23 Amgen-UROP Scholars this Summer

Sara Nelson, Staff Associate, Research Initiatives | Director, MIT Amgen Scholars Program

The MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program just completed its sixth year. In addition to our own students, undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities from across the US are selected to come to MIT to conduct summer research in the science and biotechnology areas. This year, twenty-three students – 10 MIT undergraduates and 13 visiting undergraduates – spent the summer conducting hands-on research with MIT faculty members on a host of topics ranging from metabolic engineering to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer research.

MIT Amgen-UROP Scholar Suan Tuang ‘14 of MIT presents his research

The Amgen Scholars program aims to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to not only conduct cutting-edge research at 13 of the world’s leading research institutions, but to also provide educational and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in science and engineering. Ten US and three European universities receive funding from the Amgen Foundation to support this initiative. 

In addition to workshops, seminars, and faculty presentations, the scholars also attended the national Amgen Scholars Symposium at UCLA in Los Angeles, California that brings together scholars from the ten US host institutions for a two-day research symposium. On August 10, the 2012 Amgen-UROP Scholars presented their summer research to over 100 faculty, staff, and students at the yearly poster session, which is the culmination of the summer program.

To date, 163 students have now taken part in the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program.