DBBS is pleased to offer the Amgen Scholars Program summer research opportunity for undergraduates to experience the outstanding cutting edge research at Washington University and the wonderful city of St. Louis and its surrounding areas.
The prestigious Amgen Scholars Program is designed to prepare undergraduates for the admission to and rigor of top quality Ph.D. and M.D. /Ph.D. programs.
The program will convene in late May through the first week in August and provides a generous stipend, free housing and free travel to and from St. Louis. Students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Amgen Scholars Program is designed to recruit exceptional students interested in careers in biological and biomedical sciences with an intensive 10-week laboratory experience at one of the top research institutions in the nation. Scholars will engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.
Successful applicants are not required to have had prior research experience but are required to be currently enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate program.
Applications from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) are strongly encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those who attend small liberal arts colleges to apply.
The stipend is $4,200 and is quite ample to sustain you while in St. Louis. We will provide housing, travel and many meals throughout the summer. Program activities include seminars, individualized career counseling, workshops on applying to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs, social activities and much more. The program will conclude with a symposium featuring a research poster presentation by each participant.
I kind of like these summer programs just because it's different. You're in a different city. You're in a different lab environment. And you're just opening your options and your mind to different opportunities and things like that.
So a lot of summer programs are involved with the medical side of science, and then also, the PhD side of science. And I think this program is really good at showing you both sides, from having the chance to shadow clinicians, to taking part in research.
This has, by far, been one of my favorite research experiences.
WUSTL just really stood out in terms of the research that they were capable of, and like, the opportunities and support that they seem to offer for students.
I've gotten a lot of experience in having to ask questions myself, and having to really design experiments to answer those questions.
That's going to allow you to be an independent researcher, along with great collaboration from both peers and mentors.
The professors, and the PIs, and the graduate students work together on different projects.
The project that I'm given is absolutely outstanding. The science is brilliant and I'm really enjoying working on it.
There's both academic support from your PI and the lab and the research that you're doing, but there's also the program support that is just classes and seminars. I think that's really valuable and it's the best way to sort of increase diversity in STEM.
It's really getting you involved with scientific writing, grantsmanship, biotechnology. So these classes are really applicable and they help a lot.
I wanted to pick a place that was going to challenge me and teach me new things. That's what I really like about it. But I also feel like if I have a question or idea, I can ask it.
All of the grad students that I've worked with have been really nice and open about answering questions and trying to make sure that you understand your project, and helping you to develop your passion for science.
Every personal investigator, PhD, postdoc that I've seen here is just altogether happy to see you. They really like your enthusiasm for science. And I think that's hard to find at universities.
It's a great program. It really combines research in clinic. And WUSTL does a great job in ensuring that the environment here is friendly and everyone feels taken care of and welcome.