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UCB Amgen Scholars Program
158 Barrows Hall MC#2990
Berkeley, CA 94720-2990

Program Director
Audrey Knowlton

Program Manager
June Cong

Amgen Scholars Program at UC Berkeley

student in lab


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students are ineligible, except for the programs in Japan)
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories
  • Sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), 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)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Interest in research and the pursuit of a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
  • Prior research experience preferred
  • No prior participation as an Amgen Scholar (previous Amgen Scholars are ineligible to participate)
Melissa Velasquez in lab


  • Direct research experience in a UCB faculty member's lab
  • $5,000 stipend (including meal allowance)
  • College course credits (transferable UCB research units)
  • Round-trip travel cost
  • Apartment Housing
  • Access to UC Berkeley campus facilities
  • Participation in the National Amgen Scholars Program Symposium at UCLA in July 2015 (all expenses paid)
Poster Session Photo


  • Commit to full-time direct participation on a research project
  • Attend weekly seminars and/or workshops
  • Meet regularly with the graduate student assistant for the program
  • Submit preliminary and final abstracts
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in July 2016
  • Present research findings in poster and oral presentations


Photos by Peg Skorpinski