MIT to Host 25 Amgen-UROP Scholars This Summer

by Sara Nelson Staff, Staff Associate, Research Initiatives and Director, MIT Amgen Scholars Program, UAAP

This summer marks the eighth year of the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program in which a cohort of MIT undergraduates, as well as undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities from across the US, come together to conduct summer research in the science and biotechnology areas. The program aims to provide undergraduates 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.

The 2014 MIT cohort selected for this summer is comprised of 25 students – 10 MIT undergraduates and 15 visiting undergraduates – who will do research with MIT faculty members in fields such as neuroscience, cancer biology, and tissue engineering. In addition to lab research, scholars will attend workshops, seminars, and faculty presentations. In July, the scholars will attend the national Amgen Scholars Symposium in Los Angeles, which brings together scholars from the 10 US host institutions for a two-day research symposium.

This year’s group of scholars will come to MIT from schools around the country, including the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State University, UC Irvine, and Brigham Young University. They have wide-ranging interests and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, such as collegiate sports, community service, and marching band, just to name a few.

As of this summer, 212 students will have taken part in the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program since its launch in 2007. For more information about the program, visit the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program website or the Amgen Scholars Program website.