UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has announced a four-year, $21 million grant from the Amgen Foundation in support of efforts to provide summer research opportunities to undergraduate students across the North Texas region.
The grant will enable UT Southwestern students to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program, which aims to inspire the next generation of biomedical innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on lab experiences at many of the world's premier educational and research institutions. UT Southwestern is one of twenty-four elite institution across the United States, Europe, Asia, and, for the first time, Australia and Canada to offer the program, enabling some fifteen hundred undergraduates to engage in research opportunities in biomedicine and biotechnology.
Undergraduate participants in the program undertake a research project with a top faculty mentor, participate in seminars and networking events, and take part in a symposium in their respective region where they meet peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists in both industry and academia. Financial support for students is a key component of the program, which is designed to break down barriers for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to engage in science at the world's top educational and research institutions.
"Designation as an Amgen Scholars institution reaffirms UT Southwestern's international stature as an elite biomedical research institution," said Andrew Zinn, dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and professor of internal medicine at the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development. "It also augments our highly successful Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, directed by associate dean Dr. Nancy Street, which plays a key role in our efforts to recruit outstanding undergraduates nationally to do their PhD or MD/PhD training at UT Southwestern and become future leaders in biomedical science."
(Photo credit: Amgen Foundation)