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Amgen Schedule 2012

May 28th all day Housing check in
Hartley Hall
May 29th 9:15am-12:30pm Safety Training 501 Schermerhorn
May 29th 12:30-1:30pm Lunch 800 Fairchild
May 29th 1-2:30pm Amgen Meeting 1000 Fairchild
May 29th 5:40pm Dinner at Henry's
Meet: 114th & Bwdy (nr CU Brownstones)
June 1st 10-11:30am Rodent Training - Lecture 800 Fairchild
June 1st 5pm Columbia & Barnard student proposals due  
June 4th 11am-12pm

Lecture: Dr. Sharon Gerecht
Using stem cells to grow blood vessels
John Hopkins University

501 Schermerhorn
June 4th 12-1:30pm Networking Event:
Lunch with Dr. Gerecht
800 Fairchild
June 5th 6pm Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt
116th and Bwdy(subway)
June 8th 11am-12pm

Lecture: Dr. Martin Chalfie
GFP: Lighting up Life
Columbia University

501 Schermerhorn
June 8th 12-1:30pm

Networking Event:
Lunch with Dr. Chalfie

800 Fairchild

June 8th 5pm Deadline for CU/Barnard Amgens proposal approval  
June 8th 5pm non-CU/external proposals due  
June 15th 5pm Deadline for non-CU/external Amgens proposal approval  
June 18th 8:50am Networking Event:
Regeneron Visit
Meet: 114th & Bdwy
June 19th 12-1:30pm Career Panel with Lunch 800 Fairchild
June 27th 12-1:30pm Article Publishing and Reviewing with Lunch: Dr. Elizabeth Miller 800 Fairchild
July 20th-23rd 1:15pm Amgen Scholars Symposium Meet: 114th & Bdwy
August 2nd 6pm Dinner at Ruby Foos Meet:1626 Bdwy @49th St.
August 3rd 9:45am-12pm Stem Cell Symposium 501 Schermerhorn
August 3rd 12-1pm Stem Cell Symposium Lunch 800 Fairchild
August 31st 4pm Research Articles Due 600 Fairchild
(or by mail)

Weekly Meetings:

All students in the Amgen Scholars Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups beginning June 11th until August 3rd. 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 15 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 listed above; 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 following submission of article:
Payment of the $4,000 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a hard copy and pdf file by the deadline (the last day in August). Stipends will be paid at the end of September/beginning of October.

In addition to submitting a hard copy and pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). His/her name (printed) should also be provided with the signature. If your PI is physically not available to sign, an electronic signature will be accepted.

If you are no longer residing on the Morningside campus, please mail a hard copy of your article signed by your Principal Investigator(Faculty Member) postmarked by the due date to:

Jaya Santosh
600 Biology Office
1212 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Pdf files should be emailed to If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Jaya Santosh 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.