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Program Details

Accepted students will be provided with a $5,000 stipend, a $725 food allowance and housing on the medical school campus. The cost of travel to and from New Haven will be reimbursed up to $750. Travel and hotel expenses will be covered for one parent to travel to New Haven for the closing symposium and events. Students must participate in the entire 9-week curriculum.

Each student will be matched with the laboratory of a research mentor at the School of Medicine, and will pursue a research project under the supervision of the research mentor. Hands-on training in research techniques, data acquisition and analysis will be provided. Students will be integrated into the research activities of the mentor’s laboratory and will be expected to participate in lab meetings, journal clubs and other scientific activities.

In addition, all BioMed Amgen Scholars will participate in program specific events, including:

  • Weekly faculty-led journal clubs
  • Weekly peer-mentoring forums
  • Career development sessions: focus on preparing for graduate school or MD-PhD
  • Physician-scientist shadowing experiences
  • Networking opportunities with researchers

At the end of the summer, students will present their research in the form of a poster and brief oral synopsis at the closing symposium. Other events during the closing symposium will include research talks from faculty and trainees, a panel discussion on careers in the biomedical sciences, and an opportunity for students and parents to meet and talk to Yale University professors, administrators and students.

Funding for students is made available through a grant from the Amgen Foundation, as well as support from the Yale School of Medicine Dean for the Pre-Biomed Amgen Scholars (rising second year/sophomores) and from the American Cancer Society which support several ACS Scholars. All students participate in all activities together as one cohort.


Students eligible to apply to BioMed Amgen Scholars Program:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD

Applications will be available in early November and accepted until February 1, 5:00 pm (ET). Candidates will be evaluated based on their personal statement of background and professional goals, their academic record (transcript) and two letters of reference. Prior research experience is not required for participation. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program the beginning of March.