Hannah Pearce, a biomedical engineering student at Texas A&M University, was selected to participate in the Amgen Foundation’s prestigious Amgen Scholars Program. Pearce spent 10 weeks this summer conducting hands-on, cutting edge research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Pearce is one of nearly 360 students globally this year accepted to the program from more than 5,000 applicants. The program partners with 17 leading educational and research institutions across the United States, Europe and Japan to host scholars in research labs.
Since 2006, the Amgen Scholars Program has provided hands-on research opportunities under world-renowned faculty mentors to more than 3,100 undergraduate students. More than 95 percent of the program’s alumni who have completed their bachelor’s degree are currently pursuing an advanced degree or career in a scientific field.
“The Amgen Foundation believes that an intense summer research experience can play a pivotal role in shaping future scientific careers” said Eduardo Cetlin, president, Amgen Foundation. “We are excited to welcome 359 talented students as this year’s Amgen Scholars, and to have them join our growing body of program alumni.”
In addition to her individual research experience, Pearce, along with the other UCLA Amgen Scholars, attended the U.S. summer symposium hosted at UCLA and Amgen in July. This invaluable opportunity allowed Pearce the opportunity to meet fellow scholars at other institutions, discuss research projects, learn about biotechnology and hear from leading industry and academic scientists.
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $250 million to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through several signature programs, including Amgen Scholars, Amgen Biotech Experience, and Amgen Teach.