The University of Washington in Seattle Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology

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  • Organization: Amgen Scholars Program

This national program provides undergraduate participants with premiere research experiences with UW faculty mentors in the biomedical sciences. One unique component of the Amgen Scholars Program is the opportunity to attend the U.S. symposium in Los Angeles to meet peers from across the nation, to network with scientists, and to learn about science careers in industry and academia.

The University of Washington's (UW) Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. This summer program places selected students in premiere research groups under the direction of UW faculty in the biomedical sciences and provides related seminars, career exploration, graduate school preparation, and other activities. The program enables students to explore connections between their undergraduate major areas of study and future post-graduate study focused on research in science, biotechnology and related fields.

The UW Amgen Scholars Program will host 25 undergraduates each summer competitively selected from a national pool of applicants (including current UW undergraduates).

In addition to intensive research experience, participants benefit from graduate student, post-doctoral and faculty mentors. UW Amgen Scholars attend weekly research seminars on current topics in biomedical research as well as research skills and ethics. Faculty research mentors represent a range of departments including biology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, engineering, pathology, pharmacology and genome sciences.

The UW summer program participants will join students from the nine other U.S. Amgen Scholars host univerisities at a three-day symposium in California during the pgraom, and will visit various Seattle-based biotechnology facilities to learn more about career opportunities in relevant fields. The summer program concludes with poster and oral presentation sessions where participants share their summer research with faculty, peers and the community.

Outside of research and the lab, students have the opportunity explore the signts of Seattle and experience the local culture.


Room and board is provided for participants to live on the beautiful UW campus during the summer program. Round trip travel from participants' home institutions and GRE test preparation are also funded by the program.


Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or non-graduating seniors who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies. Eligible applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and an interest in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD.

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