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Amgen Schedule 2016

April 29th Student submits email from mentor with 5 references to administration to ensure that the student is familiar with the lab's area of research
May 30th all day Housing check in
Hartley Hall
May 31st 9:30am-10am

Vetebrate Training - Lecture (if required by PI)

May 31st 9:30am-12:00pm Safety Training TBA
May 31st 12pm-1pm Lunch TBA
May 31st 1pm-2pm Meeting 1000 Fairchild
May 31st 5pm Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt
116th and Bwdy (subway)
June 1st 5:30pm Picnic TBA
TBA 7pm Kaplan 1000 Fairchild
June 3rd 5pm Columbia & Barnard proposals submitted to section head  
June 9th 12am-1:30pm

Networking Lecture and Lunch: Martin Chalfie
GFP: Lighting Up Life
Columbia University

June 10th 5pm Deadline for CU/Barnard Amgens proposal approval  
June 10th 5pm non-CU/external proposals submitted to section head  
Week 3 Weekly meetings begin; Peer introductions; Journal club introduction
June 15th 12:30pm-2:30pm Graduate School Panel
with Lunch
800 Fairchild
June 17th 5pm Deadline for CU/Barnard Amgens proposal approval  
Week 4 No Weekly meetings this week
Week 5 Journal Club; Parts of article; cartooning demo
June 27th TBA

Lecture: Brent Stockwell
Chemical biology tools to fight disease
Columbia University

June 27th TBA Networking and Lunch with
Brent Stockwell
Week 6 Good and bad slides discussion; Elevator pitch;
Materials & Methods due
Week 7 Introductions due; Bad and good oral presentations; Cartoon due
July 15th -19th 12:30pm Amgen Scholars Symposium Meet: 114th & Bdwy
Week 8 Oral presentations
Week 9 Oral presentations
TBA 8:15am Networking Event:
Regeneron Visit
Meet: 114th & Bdwy
Week 10 Oral presentations
August 4th 6pm Final Dinner TBA
August 26th 4pm Submit final signed
PDF article

*Additional social events will be annouced as the summer progresses.

Weekly Meetings:

All students in the Amgen Scholars Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups for the scientific comunications seminar, beginning June 13th until August 5th. There will be no weekly meetings the week of June 20th. The purpose of these groups is to provide a structured setting in which students can discuss their work with peers, learn about others' work, and develop their scientific communication and evaluation skills.

During the course of the summer, each student will prepare a research paper written in the format of a journal article and present a 12 minute talk about his or her research. Toward the beginning of the summer, weekly discussion groups will cover topics including critical evaluation of data, critical reading of research papers, and the protocols of professional research communication. As the summer progresses, the focus will shift toward writing and peer-evaluating drafts of student research papers, and on research presentations.

Attendance in discussion groups is mandatory. This is an integral part of your training, and you are expected to attend every week. If you must miss a session you may make it up by attending the other session in the same week. However, you may not substitute a session from another week. If for some reason you cannot attend either section in a given week, notify your instructor in advance and schedule a one-on-one meeting with the instructor instead.

In-class participation is expected. Anticipate the deadlines for your work; discuss them with your mentor and set up pre-deadlines when you can review the work with your mentor, allowing time for her or him to give you feedback.

If you have a legitimate reason to move a deadline, and you communicate this reason to your mentor and instructor in a timely manner, then deadlines can be adjusted.

Recommended text (not required):

Victoria E. McMillan, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 3rd ed.1997

Amgen Stipend = $4000, paid in two installments of $2,000 each.
Payment of the first $2,000, will be paid in July. Payment of the second $2,000 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a pdf file by the deadline (the last working day in August). Stipend will be paid in September/beginning of October.

In addition to submitting a pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). An electronic signature will be accepted. Please print your PI's name next to where they should sign.

Pdf files should be emailed to If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Chanda Springer at

Stipend checks can be picked up at the Bursar's Office in Kent Hall. You will need to bring your ID (State ID, passport) in order to pick up your check. Non-Columbia students' checks will be mailed to you as necessary; please provide us with your preferred mailing address for this purpose.