2016 Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

Sara Nelson, Staff Associate, UAAP

Summer 2016 marked the 10th year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, which provides undergraduates with MIT faculty-mentored summer research opportunities in the science and biotechnology areas. Five MIT undergraduates and 15 undergraduates from colleges and universities from across the country made up this summer’s 20-student cohort. Visiting Scholars came from schools that included SUNY Cortland, Oklahoma State University, Montana State University, and Occidental College.

2016 Amgen-UROP Scholars ProgramScholars spent the 9-week program conducting full-time research in the labs of MIT faculty members across the Institute. Research projects ranged from the study of drug delivery systems and Alzheimer’s disease to developing therapeutic biomechanical devices, studying cancer, and autism. In addition to their research projects, Scholars also attended weekly presentations and workshops to learn about MIT faculty members’ cutting-edge research, graduate school programs and application processes, and how to communicate their science. In mid-July, the Scholars attended the Amgen Scholars Symposium in Los Angeles at UCLA 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 opportunities to network with their peers and future colleagues.

The Amgen Scholars Program is not, however, all work and no play. This summer’s cohort lived together on campus in Next House and explored Boston, paddle boarding and kayaking on the Charles, attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, going to the beach, indoor rock climbing, and more!2016 Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

The summer program concluded with a poster session in the Bush Room to showcase the Scholars’ summer research projects. Approximately 150 people from the MIT community attended, including the scholars’ supervisors and lab colleagues, faculty, students, Amgen Scholars Program alumni, and staff.