2018 UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars

About   the   Program

The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. Additionally, this program encourages participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology. Applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Program   Information

How To Apply
Important Dates
  • Research with world renowned faculty
  • Participate in hands on research in a UCB faculty member’s lab
  • Receive $4,200 stipend plus meals
  • Obtain transferable college course credit
  • Live in provided housing
  • Paid round-trip travel cost
  • Variety of social activities
  • Access to UC Berkeley campus facilities
  • Participate in the National Amgen Scholars Program Symposium at UCLA in July (all expenses paid)
  • Attend Networking events with faculty, administrators, and graduate students
  • GRE Prep Course
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students are ineligible except for the Japan Amgen Scholars Program)
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories
  • Sophomores who have completed 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate studies (Freshmen and students enrolled in community colleges are ineligible to apply)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Interested in research and the pursuit of a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
  • Prior research experience preferred
  • Previous Amgen Scholars are ineligible to apply
  • Full-time direct participation on a research project
  • Attend weekly seminars or workshops
  • Meet weekly with the graduate student assistant for the program
  • Submit preliminary and final abstracts
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in July 2019
  • Present reserach findings in poster and oral presentations
  • Complete Amgen Foundation and UCB Amgen Scholars Program Evaluations
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Submit an Online Application - Open November
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose (included in the online application)
  • Submit requests for two letters of recommendation (name and email address of letter writer required)
  • Upload college transcript(s) via the Online Application. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Supporting documents are due by February 1st
  • Review program FAQs
  • Program Dates: June 10 - August 16, 2019
  • Housing Check-In: June 8 & 9, 2019
  • Amgen Scholars Program Orientation: Monday, June 10, 2019 (all day)
  • Start in Lab: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Weekly Faculty Seminar Series/Workshops: Mondays: 8:45-10am
  • Poster Presentation: Monday, August 12, 2019, 12-2pm
  • Oral Presentations: Wednesday & Thursday, August 14 & August 15, 2019
  • Celebration Closing Luncheon: August 16, 2019, 12-1:30pm
  • Housing Check-Out: August 17, 2019

Research   Areas

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology



Cell & Developmental Biology

Chemical Biology

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Computational Biology

Genetics and Genomics & Development

Immunology & Pathogenesis

Integrative Biology




Plant Biology

Structural Biology

Synthetic Biology

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UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars

2413 Dwinelle Hall, MC# 2990

Berkeley, CA 94720-2990

Phone:   (510) 642-0280

Fax:   (510) 643-6762

Email:   amgenscholars@berkeley.edu

Program Director: Audrey Knowlton