Amgen Scholars Program

Johns Hopkins University accepts approximately 15 students per year to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program, an undergraduate summer research experience in science and biotechnology. The Amgen Scholars Program is hosted by universities around the world and aims to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in hands-on research.

Students selected for this intensive research program receive a competitive summer stipend and be housed near the Hopkins campus, in community with other summer researchers. They also attend the annual Amgen Scholars U.S. Symposium. In addition to research with a faculty member, scholars participate in professional development workshops, community-building activities hosted by URSCA, and a “Scientific Bootcamp” with the Amgen Director.

Students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM–especially first-generation college students, students of color, and students with financial need–are especially encouraged to apply.

During the 10-week program, students will work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a Hopkins faculty member, where they will have the opportunity to conduct research, analyze data, network with their peers, and build a faculty-mentor relationship. As part of the application process students are asked to identify potential mentors from the departments/field below. For a non-exhaustive list of potential mentors from these departments please contact Dr. Kirsten Bohn ([email protected]).


  • Available in person for the entire duration of the program (typically late May through Early August)
  • Previous research experience helpful but not required
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
  • Undergraduate enrolled in accredited four-year college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors, or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD.

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the Amgen Scholars Program is Professor Kirsten Bohn