Ninety-five percent of Amgen Scholar alumni who have completed their undergraduate work are now pursuing an advanced degree or career in a scientific field.
983
Graduate School in Science (Masters or Ph.D.s)
114
M.D.-Ph.D. Programs
210
Professional School in Science (M.D., Other)
397
Science-based Career*
123
Completed Ph.D. Programs
86
Non-Science Grad School or Career
Current status of the 2,375 alumni who have completed undergraduate studies**
*Includes those who completed Ph.D. programs
**Status as of September 2016. Note that 819 alumni are continuing undergraduates and not included in the table above, in addition to 699 alumni whose current status is unknown.
Anh Cao Vu Quynh

Anh Cao Vu Quynh

"At my [home] university, all of my research was paper-based, so I had never been in a lab before. That’s why this experience with the Amgen Scholars Program was a great opportunity for me."

Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar

Although I had research experience in statistics and epidemiology, the Amgen Scholars Program gave me my first hands-on bench experience.

Vera Thornton

Vera Thornton

"It was validating for me to come into this environment, a top-tier research institution, and be able to participate and accomplish something."

Nicole Półtorak

Nicole Półtorak

“I applied because I wanted to learn the state-of-the-art methods in the field, and gain access to knowledge and others’ expertise that I couldn’t otherwise.”

Bryan Peacker

Bryan Peacker

"It was absolutely amazing to be able to speak with experienced researchers at the symposium about the science, and career paths in science. Attending the symposium helped confirmed my decision to pursue a career in academic medicine."

Elisa Paoluzzi Tomada

Elisa Paoluzzi Tomada

"The time I spent in Munich was invaluable. My time in the lab went by too quickly and I deeply enjoyed learning techniques and doing experiments."

Rana Tahir Rasool

Rana Tahir Rasool

"Conducting research at the University of Cambridge has given me the skills and confidence to work independently in my research field."

Candice Ford

Candice Ford

"When I heard about the Amgen Scholars Program, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it would enable me to see if life in the lab was a fit for me."

Danielle Spitzer

Danielle Spitzer

"When you’re in the lab, you get to generate new knowledge. There’s an answer out there somewhere, but no one knows it yet."

Assama Ketegou

Assama Ketegou

"I felt a sense of community among my peers in the Amgen Scholars Program. Everyone was in the same boat, trying to figure out what they wanted to do for careers."

Anthony Preza

Anthony Preza

"I got to spend a lot of time of time interacting with my mentors. I learned how they were thinking about the research, and it felt nice to have that understanding."

Anna Talyzina

Anna Talyzina

"While at university, I wanted to combine applied math, physics, biology and chemistry to benefit from that knowledge. I can’t imagine my life without science in it."

Ivan Kent

Ivan Kent

"The Amgen Scholars Program has helped me realize my true calling in life as a scientist.”

Jenny Lai

Jenny Lai

“This has helped me confirm my decision to strive for an M.D. – Ph.D. as I have seen the way in which research and medicine coincide and reinforce each other.”

Angela Madira

Angela Madira

“It’s amazing to be in a program where everyone is passionate about science and research, but they are all so unique in their interests and research focuses.”

Alexis Grace Garcia

Alexis Grace Garcia

“The two opportunities I have found most incredible have been meeting other budding scientists, both here at the NIH and from other Amgen sites while at the symposium in California, and absorbing as much as I possibly can from some of the nation's foremost scientists and career advisors.”

Amgen Scholars is an international program funded by the Amgen Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.

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