Washington University in St. Louis

Contact this host university:

Dr. John Russell
Dr. Kathy Miller
Co-Program Directors

Ms. Rochelle Smith
Program Manager

(314) 362-7963

May 27 - August 2, 2014

Washington University in St. Louis

The Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a 10-week intensive summer laboratory experience in biomedical research for undergraduate students at one of the nation’s leading research institutions. Scholars will work with world renowned faculty to develop an intriguing research project. Mentoring will also be provided by current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the lab. This mentorship team will provide a great environment for Scholars to become acquainted with the culture of training for and implementation of biomedical research.

Scholars will engage in a multitude of activities designed to build confidence and gain experience as a research scientist. In addition to independent research, Scholars will participate in lab meetings; attend scientific seminars and workshops offered throughout the summer by faculty and students. This will allow the Scholars to interact with those in DBBS and the university community. The workshops are on various topics such as scientific writing and presentation skills, preparing for the GRE or MCAT, team building, and career development. The Scholars will write a paper and present a scientific poster at the end of the summer. Scholars receive advice to prepare them to apply to top-tier graduate and professional schools and an understanding of the excitement and path for a career in creating new knowledge.

The Scholars Program will be administered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) which is also responsible for the administration of Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological sciences. DBBS will provide activities to integrate Amgen Scholars socially and intellectually with fellow Amgen scholars and participants in peer summer programs. Scholars will have an opportunity to explore St. Louis and participate in social activities such as float trips, cook-outs and Cardinals baseball.

 Applications are encouraged from U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds from around the United States, including Washington University. Prior research experience is not necessary for a successful application. Rather, we will focus on the applicant’s demonstrated aptitude in math and science, letters of recommendation and interest in Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. training in preparation for a career in biomedical research.

Successful applicants will receive a generous stipend with housing provided, as well as travel to and from St. Louis and travel to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Symposium. A free public transportation pass for travel within the St. Louis Metro area is also provided.