During summer 2007, I participated in SMDEP or Summer Medical/Dental Education Program at Columbia University in NYC. There, I took non-credit hour courses in Biology, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Accelerated Learning skills, Computer class where I was introduced to programs such as endnote and Pubmed. I was often given the opportunity to shadow at Presbyterian Hospital. I was told I was 1/11 students who were chosen to come to Columbia. The program was fully paid for, including $100 for travel, free trips such as a tour cruise NYC and tickets to see The Color Purple on Broadway, catered authentic foods such as Indian food and Ethiopian, and helpful literature such as how to write a winning personal statement. In addition, I was given free housing, $600 general stipend, and $500 food stipend.
For summer 2008, I was accepted to do research at MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. I decided to accept the Stanford offer where I would be an Amgen Scholar. I was told that I was one of 30 students who were chosen out of over 500 applications. The program will take place from June 22 - August 16. Stanford University will be fully funding me during my stay. Specifically, they will be paying for my travel both to and from the program, housing (on campus in a residence hall), meals, bicycle rental for getting around campus and Palo Alto, and field trips around Northern California. Additionally, I will be paid a stipend of $3200.
As an SSRP/Amgen Scholar, I will participate in the Amgen Scholars Program National Symposium which will take place Saturday July 19 - Monday July 21, 2008 at UCLA. The symposium will be a great opportunity for me to meet other Amgen Scholars from across the nation, to network with scientists from academia and industry, and to learn more about biotechnology and drug development. Travel, accommodations, and meals for the Symposium will be covered.