First Northeast Amgen Scholars Alumni Event Hosted by MIT

Published in MIT News on April 7, 2015, by Michael Bergren, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming

Amgen Scholars alumni eventAmgen Scholars Program alumni living and studying in the Northeast gathered at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on March 20 for a dinner hosted by the Amgen Scholars Global Program Office, housed at MIT. The event welcomed more than 60 attendees and featured a keynote presentation by Elazer Edelman, the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT and director of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center.

Launched in 2007, the Amgen Scholars Program is an internationally recognized research initiative that invites undergraduates to conduct faculty-mentored research. Funded through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, the program is currently hosted at 17 key research institutions in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Since 2007, more than 2,500 undergraduates have participated.

The value of involving undergraduates in research was a common theme throughout the program. “Science without translation is self-indulgent. Without students ... sterile,” Edelman said in his remarks...

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