AMGEN Scholars Program

Washington University
St. Louis, MO.
Type Basic Science Research


The Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a 10-week intensive summer laboratory experience in biomedical research for undergraduate students at one of the nation’s leading research institutions. This opportunity is a part of a 10 school consortium, made possible by the generous support of the Amgen Foundation. Scholars will work with world renowned faculty to develop an intriguing research project. Mentoring will also be provided by current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the lab. This mentorship team will provide a great environment for Scholars to become acquainted with the culture of training for and implementation of biomedical research.

The Scholars Program will be administered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) which is also responsible for the administration of Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological sciences. DBBS will provide activities to integrate Amgen Scholars socially and intellectually with fellow Amgen scholars and participants in peer summer programs. Scholars will have an opportunity to explore St. Louis and participate in social activities such as tours, cook-outs and Cardinals baseball.


The Amgen Scholars Program selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership and interest in the pursuit of a career in science. We especially encourage applications from individuals who come from rural or inner-city areas and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research — specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women and those with disabilities.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents
  • Undergraduates enrolled in a four-year college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico or other U.S. Territory at time of application and participation in the program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2
  • 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)
  • Have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree, students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution and previous Amgen Scholars are not eligible to apply. The Amgen Scholars Program welcomes applications from all eligible students, especially those without research experience.