MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Options: Amgen Scholars Program - Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides answers to some frequently asked questions about the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program at MIT. If the information provided on this page does not address your question or concern, please feel free to contact us at: (617) 253-7306, or

1) How long will the program run?

The program will run for 9 weeks during the summer of 2017. See Important Dates.

2) What if I have never done research before?

The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is open to undergraduates with or without an actual research background. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in doing investigative work in science or biotechnology.

3) What criteria is needed to be considered for acceptance to the Program?

To be considered for acceptance to the Program, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements. Admissions will be based on a number of factors, including academic background, quality of application essays and recommendation letters, and ability to match available spaces with student research interests.

4) What does the application entail?

The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program application includes information on your personal and academic background; research experience(s), if any, and research interests; three essay questions; in addition to the submission of your resume, transcript(s) from your undergraduate institution(s), and two letters of recommendation.

5) How many students will the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program accept?

Up to 20 students will be accepted into the Program.

6) How will Amgen Scholars be compensated?

Through a grant managed by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming, Amgen Scholars working 40 hours per week earn $4,418 for the nine-week period, based on a hourly rate of $12.55. In addition, an $800 meal allowance is provided to all Scholars.

All Amgen Scholars will be provided summer housing at a designated on-campus residence hall, at no cost. Scholars are expected to reside in this designated residence for the duration of the Program.

7) If I am a non-MIT student joining the program from out-of-state, must I pay for my own airfare?

The program will cover the costs for visiting (non-MIT) students to fly to Boston, MA for the start of the program, as well as the flight home once the program ends. Air travel arrangements for visiting (non-MIT) students will be made by Amgen-UROP Staff at MIT, after admittance to the Program.

All Amgen Scholars (MIT and visiting) are provided travel to and from the mid-summer symposium at UCLA, as well as lodging and dining at the symposium.

8) May I choose to work in a specific lab or with a specific faculty member?

The online application will allow you to indicate that you are interested in working in specific MIT labs, or with particular faculty members. Placements in a specific area cannot be guaranteed.

9) If I am an MIT student currently doing research with an MIT faculty member, may I continue that research in summer 2017 as an Amgen Scholar?

The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program supports faculty-student collaborations in the biological sciences/biotechnology areas. If your present research is taking place in a discipline within these areas, it is possible that you may be able to continue that research as an Amgen Scholar. Please be sure to indicate on your application that you wish to continue research with a specific faculty member; a program staff member will be in touch with you to discuss your request.

Amgen-UROP related research typically takes place in the following MIT academic departments and interdisciplinary areas:

10) Will I be required to attend Program events, such as luncheon seminars, or the July national symposium?

A goal of the Amgen Foundation's grant to MIT is to bring MIT students together with students from other institutions, ultimately fostering a community of undergraduate researchers with a deep interest in science and biotechnology. This can only be accomplished with the full participation of all Amgen Scholars, so attendance at organized events is mandatory, as is attendance at the national symposium.

11) If I am applying to MIT's program, may I also apply to Amgen Scholars Programs hosted by other institutions?

Yes. You may apply to as many Amgen Scholars sites as you like. Note that each institution will require a separate application, and that program details (including program dates and compensation) can differ among program sites.

12) If I was previously an Amgen Scholar at any of the ten Amgen Scholars sites, may I apply to any of the 2017 Amgen Scholars Programs? If I participate as an Amgen Scholar in summer 2017, may I also apply in future summers?

You may only be an Amgen Scholar for one summer. Students who have already participated in the Program at any of the ten U.S. Amgen sites may NOT apply to the 2017 Program. Similarly, students participating in summer 2017 at any of the Amgen Scholars sites may not apply for future summers.

13) How do I get more information on the Amgen UROP Scholars Program?

Explore this site or visit the Amgen Foundation's web site.