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The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the  U.S. host the summer research program, including the California Institute of Technology; Columbia University/Barnard College; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco; University of Washington; and Washington University in St. Louis.

As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to:

* Take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab  experience and contribute to the advancement of science;
* Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation's top academic scientists; and
* Attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.

Financial Support: Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program.  Please note that details vary by host university. See each university's summer  research program website for more information (links to individual sites are available at <http://www.amgenscholars.com>

Eligibility: Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

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

U.S. program applicants must also have:

* A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
* An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Each U.S. host university has its own application process, but the application deadline for all of the universities is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February.