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Amgen Schedule 2015 TBA

Amgen Schedule 2014

May 1st 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 26th all day Housing check in
Hartley Hall
May 27th 9am-12:30pm Safety Training 501 Schermerhorn
May 27th 12:30-1:30pm Lunch 800 Fairchild
May 27th 1:30-2:30pm Amgen Meeting 1000 Fairchild
May 27th 5:30pm Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt
116th and Bwdy (subway)
May 28th 5:45pm Laser Tag
Long Island City, NY
116th and Bwdy (subway)
May 29th 7pm Kaplan Demo 800 Fairchild
May 30th 5pm Columbia & Barnard proposals submitted to section head  
June 6th 11am-12pm

Lecture: Martin Chalfie
GFP: How Science ctually gets done
Columbia University

501 Schermerhorn
June 6th 12-1:30pm Networking Event:
Lunch with Dr. Chalfie
800 Fairchild
June 6th 5pm non-CU/external proposals submitted to section head  
June 6th 5pm Deadline for CU/Barnard Amgens proposal approval  
June 12th 12-1:30pm Graduate School Panel with Lunch 800 Fairchild
June 13th 5pm Deadline for non-CU/external Amgens proposal approval  
Week 4 Weekly meetings begin; Peer introductions; Journal club introduction
Week 5 Journal Club; Parts of article; cartooning demo
Week 6 Introductions due; good and bad slides discussion
Week 7 Bad and good oral presentations; Elevator pitch; Cartoon due
Week 8 Oral presentations
July 10th-13th 12:15pm Amgen Scholars Symposium Meet: 114th & Bdwy
July 14th 8:00am Networking Event:
Regeneron Visit
Meet: 114th & Bdwy
Week 9 Oral presentations
Week 10 Oral presentations
July 31st 6pm Dinner at Ruby Foos Meet:1626 Bdwy @49th St.
August 28th 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 15th until July 31st. 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.