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The Amgen Scholars Program

Information for Applicants

2014 Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Monday, February 3rd, 2014 - Application Deadline
  • Monday, June 23rd - Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - Program Dates
    • Sunday, June 22nd - Housing Check-In
    • Saturday, August 23rd - Housing Check-Out
  • Saturday, July 19th - Monday, July 21st - National Program Symposium


Amgen Scholars Program applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of undergraduate college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall after summer participation to continue undergraduate studies).

Program applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP)


The Amgen Scholars Program is a full-time, 9-week intensive research immersion program. Scholars will not be permitted to engage in other jobs, labs, or academic courses during the program term. All students are expected to live in assigned campus housing for the duration of the program.

Awardees will also be required to:

  • Sign the UW Amgen Scholars Code of Conduct;
  • Complete a full-time intensive research experience in one of the participating faculty laboratories;
  • Attend weekly research seminars focused on current topics in science and biotechnology and workshops that provide training in research skills and ethics;
  • Visit various Seattle-based biotechnology facilities to learn more about career opportunities in the field;
  • Join other Amgen Scholar programs in California for a conference;
  • Present their research to faculty, peers, and the community at concluding poster and oral presentation sessions at the University of Washington - Seattle campus.
  • Students attending institutions in the greater Seattle area will also be required to present their research in the May 2015 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.


Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Students will receive a $3,500 stipend to be disbursed in equal installments throughout the program term.

Health insurance

All participants are required to carry their own health insurance and show proof of health insurance coverage for the summer program term.

Student Responsibilities

Students will attend weekly research seminars focused on current topics in biotechnology-related research and workshops that provide training in research skills and ethics.


Room and board will be provided. Students accepted into the summer program will live in the designated residence hall with other Amgen Scholars.


Round trip travel from participants' home institutions is funded by the program.

GRE Test Preparation

GRE test preparation with the Seattle Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions Center will be provided to all participating scholars.


During the summer program, each Amgen Scholar will attend a symposium to hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academe. The symposium will be held in California, and will provide a great opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars.

In addition, University of Washington students will be expected to present their research projects at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, which takes place every spring.

Summer Activities

Various optional social and recreational activities will be offered to UW Amgen Scholars throughout the summer program.

Seattle Life

The Amgen Summer Scholars Program will take place on the University of Washington's Seattle Campus. In addtion to extensive research with world-renowned UW faculty members, students have the opportunity to enjoy Seattle first hand. For more information on what you can do in and around Seattle, visit UW's Seattle Life page UW Seattle Life.