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Amgen Schedule 2018

April 27th Student submits email from mentor with 5 references
May 28th all day Housing check in
Hartley Hall
May 29th 9-10am

Rodent Training-if applicable

501 Schermerhorn
May 29th 10am -12:00pm Safety Training 501 Schermerhorn
May 29th 12pm Lunch 800 Fairchild
May 29th 12:30 -1:30pm Meeting 1000 Fairchild
May 29th 5:30pm Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt
Meet: Pier 83 (42nd St & 12th Ave)
May 30th 6pm Picnic Pupin Plaza
June 1st 5pm Columbia & Barnard proposals submitted to section head  
June 8th 5pm non-CU/external proposals submitted to section head  
June 12th 12:30 -2pm Graduate School Panel
with Lunch
800 Fairchild
June 13th 6:30pm Kaplan 800 Fairchild
June 15th 9:30-11:30am Martin Chalfie
GFP: Lighting Up Life
Columbia University
Networking Lecture and Breakfast
700 Fairchild
Week 4 Weekly meetings begin: Peer and Journal club introductions
Week 5 Journal Club; Parts of article; cartooning demo
Week 6 Oral presentation exercise; Cartoon
Week 7 Elevator pitch
July 12th 11:50am-1pm Lecture to High School Students 700 Fairchild
July 13-16th 12pm Amgen Scholars Symposium Meet: 114th & Bdwy
Week 8 Oral presentations
Week 9 Oral presentations
Week 10 Oral presentations & Submit Article Draft
August 1st 5pm Ice Cream Social

800 Fairchild

August 17th   Submit revised article to PI w/section head, direct mentor & Chanda CCed  
August 27th 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 18th 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 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.