2015 Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

Sara Nelson, Staff Associate, UAAP

This summer marked the ninth year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, which provides undergraduates with MIT faculty-mentored summer research opportunities in the science and biotechnology areas. The 20-student cohort was comprised of five MIT undergraduates and 15 undergraduates from colleges and universities from across the country, including Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Scranton, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

In addition to spending the 9-week program conducting full-time research, the Scholars attended weekly presentations and workshops to learn about faculty members’ cutting-edge research, graduate school programs and application processes, and how to communicate their science and present their research.2015 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars program Scholars also attended a mid-summer Amgen Scholars Symposium in Los Angeles with scholars from the other nine US sites that host the Amgen Scholars Program. The symposium exposed students to leading scientists in both academia and industry, while also providing them with the opportunity to network with their peers and future colleagues.

There was also plenty of time for the MIT Scholars to bond and have some fun throughout the summer. The cohort lived on campus in Next House and explored Boston together, including sailing and kayaking on the Charles and attending a Red Sox game. They also got to know their cross-town rivals, the Harvard Amgen Scholars, with a competitive, yet friendly (!), game of kickball.

The summer program concluded with a poster session where each scholar presented their summer research project to the MIT community. Over 150 people attended, including the scholars’ faculty supervisors and mentors, lab colleagues, students, Amgen Scholars Program alumni, and staff.