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Amgen-UROP Scholars Program


Amgen-UROP Scholars


The Office of National Scholarship Advisement is pleased to offer the following information regarding the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program.  Amgen-UROP is an undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology managed by the MIT Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming.The online applications are generally due in February.


The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories.  This intensive nine-week summer program is focused on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the science and biotechnology areas.  Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas will be selected from colleges and universities from around the U.S.  Up to 26 students will be accepted into the program; approximately half will be MIT students, and half from other colleges and universities.


Who is eligible? 


Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories.  All applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents

  • sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), Juniors, and non-graduating seniors who plan to continue undergraduate studies in fall 2009.

  • cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

  • an interest in pursuing graduate school, including a PhD or MD-PhD.


Admissions will be based on a number of factors, including academic background, quality of application essays and recommendations, and ability to match available spaces with student research interests.  Eligible MIT research areas include


  • Biological Engineering,

  • Biology,

  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences,

  • Center for Environmental Health Sciences,

  • Chemistry,

  • Chemical Engineering,

  • Clinical Research Center,

  • Health Sciences and Technology,

  • Mechanical Engineering (bioeng/biotech only), and

  • Picower Center for Learning and Memory. 


Most expenses for visiting students will be covered by a grant from the Amgen Foundation, including housing in a designated on-campus residence, a food allowance, and competitive research pay.  Travel to MIT for the beginning of the program, as well as return travel at the program’s conclusion, is covered for visiting students, as are expenses to and from the July national symposium.