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Meet Amgen Scholar Mentor Randy Schekman, PhD

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Randy Schekman, PhD

Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Winner of 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Growing up, Randy Schekman was always enthusiastic about math and science. But the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine—for his fundamental work showing how proteins move within cells and are secreted—first developed a passion for bench biology as an undergraduate. 

Meet Amgen Scholar Maithreyi Raman

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Undergraduate Institution: Imperial College London

Host Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Major: Biochemistry

Working on an extended assignment in her Singaporean high school, Amgen Scholar Maithreyi Raman first confronted the realities of hands-on research when she explored the role of color vision in foraging in ants. Among the blind spots she navigated as a beginner: finding out that most species of ants are blind. Luckily, hers happened to have eyes. 

Monsanto Company Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

Company Sets Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Goal and Reports Status of Other Sustainability Commitments
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ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company today released its 2014 Sustainability Report. Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.

Bringing Biotech Into Classrooms Through Amgen Biotech Experience

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The Amgen Biotech Experience empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms to spark students’ love of science. The program provides teacher professional development and features a hands-on curriculum that introduces students to the excitement of scientific discovery. 

Meet Amgen Scholar Alex Bates

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“The Amgen Scholars Program has been the biggest and most immersive scientific experience I have had in my life.”

LMU Amgen Scholar Milica Vunjak Gets Access to Crucial Research Tools

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As a young girl growing up in a small town in northern Serbia, Milica Vunjak spent more than 10 years studying ballet. During that period, when she wasn’t in school, or studying, she was dancing. Her dedication paid off when, at 14, she won second prize in a national ballet contest, the Serbian republic competition of Music and Ballet schools.

During high school, her other passion and talent pulled her along a new path. She was good at chemistry and biology, and an enthusiastic chemistry teacher encouraged her to pursue science at university

Plant Breeding Helps Farmers Have Better Harvests

By Sam Eathington, Monsanto Vice President, Global Plant Breeding
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Anyone who has a backyard garden knows that growing food can be challenging. Some years, it’s really dry, and even when you water in the morning and in the evening, your garden still looks thirsty. Other years, an unknown disease or insect sets in—your plants look feeble, and they produce fewer harvestable fruits and vegetables. After all the day-in and day-out work, this outcome is quite discouraging – knowing for all your effort, you’ll probably harvest less, and it likely won’t taste as good.

Meet Amgen Scholar Hildigunnur Anna Hall

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Hildigunnur Anna Hall

Reykjavik, Iceland

“I didn’t really know what psychologists in the lab do. I mean, yes, I’ve read scientific papers, but nothing beats hands-on experience.”

Host University: University of Cambridge
Home University: University of Iceland
Amgen Scholar Year: 2014
Major: Psychology
Expected Graduation: 2016

Journey to Science

Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Randy Cuevas

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Randy Cuevas

Bronx, NY

“The most rewarding part is feeling like a scientist. They take the training wheels off after the first week of this program.”

Host University: Stanford University
Home University: Skidmore University
Amgen Scholar Year: 2014
Major: Biology
Expected Graduation: 2016

Journey to Science

What is Your Favorite #ScienceExperiment?

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In honor of the recent expansion of the Amgen Scholars Program, we want to know: What was your favorite science experiment in school? Share your answers on Twitter using the #ScienceExperiment hashtag! 

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