Options: Amgen Scholars Program - Information for Non-MIT Students
The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is open to undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories.
Whether or not you have research experience, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites you to come to MIT to join a a vibrant research community and collaborate with leading scholars and researchers.
This page provides Program information for undergraduates outside of MIT interested in participating, including:
- Research Opportunities
- Educational Activities
- Compensation, Room and Board, and Campus Amenities
- Applying to the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program
Please review this information and contact us with any questions.
Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several MIT departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research, potentially including: Biological Engineering, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology, Mechanical Engineering (for bioengineering/biotechnology only), and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.
Placements will be made based on student interests and available spaces. While each Amgen Scholar will be assigned to a specific MIT faculty member, supervision and guidance may also be provided by others associated with the professor’s lab, including graduate students and post-doctoral associates. All assignments are full time (approximately 40 hours a week).
In addition to full-time research positions, Amgen Scholars also take part in a variety of interesting educational activities, including:
- A lunchtime seminar series, where faculty will present on relevant research areas and critical professional issues. The seminars will be designed to not only expose students to cutting edge research, but also to broaden understanding of opportunities for graduate school and scientific careers.
- Workshops and tutorials on poster presentation skills and graduate school preparation.
- A three-day mid-summer symposium devoted to research in the biotechnology industry, tentatively scheduled to be held at UCLA. Amgen Scholars based at MIT will have the opportunity to network with Scholars from nine other host institutions. Transportation costs to and from the symposium, as well as food and lodging at the symposium, will be covered by the Amgen Foundation.
- A poster session closing the Program, where Amgen Scholars will share their summer research projects with a larger audience.
Activities and details are subject to change.
The following benefits for Amgen Scholars visiting from other institutions will be covered by a grant from the Amgen Foundation:
- Weekly research pay. Students working 40 hours per week earn $4,320 for a nine week period, based on a $12.55 hourly rate.
- Housing at a designated MIT residence hall.
- Food allowance ($800) for use at all on-campus dining facilities.
- Travel Costs for visiting students (non-MIT students only) to travel to and from Boston, MA.
- July Research Symposium UCLA: Travel costs to and from Los Angeles; symposium food and lodging.
In addition, Amgen Scholars coming from outside universities will be provided a MIT ID and be given full privileges at the Institute, including access to libraries, athletic and recreational facilities, and dining areas. Moreover, they will have access to all open meetings, presentations, performances, lectures, and other community activities taking place on campus.
The Summer 2016 application opens on Monday, November 2, 2015 and closes on Monday, February 1, 2016.