THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the Amgen Scholars Program's 10 th anniversary, the Amgen Foundation announced the Ten To Watch, a list highlighting the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine. Selected from more than 3,000 Amgen Scholars alumni, who represent 700 colleges and universities across 42 countries, the Ten To Watch is a diverse group of students that has the potential to help define the future of science. The selection process, carried out by the Amgen Foundation in partnership with the participating host institutions, sought to identify the most promising alumni who are on a path to achieving real impact in their field and emerging career.
The list of alumni includes a Rhodes Scholar, Ph.D. graduates from Stanford and MIT and numerous published scientists, as well as future professors, researchers and doctors who are charting unique paths to make a lasting impact. One such alumnus, Aaron Meyer, after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT in 2014, now runs his own MIT lab where he is researching the function of receptors in the body to discover how to make better drugs to fight cancer. He explains, "It's exciting to be able to work on challenging problems every day with the potential to improve people's lives." Aaron was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Award. As Aaron continues down his academic path, he believes he can help shape the minds of tomorrow's scientists. The full Ten To Watch list, including photos and bios, can be found here. The Amgen Scholars Program gives talented undergraduates a chance to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan, including MIT, Cambridge and Stanford. The program runs for eight to10 weeks every summer. It aids in cultivating the next generation of scientists by providing professional development and networking opportunities unparalleled by most other summer research programs. "It is impressive to see the impact that Amgen Scholars Program alumni are making on the world," said Eduardo Cetlin, president, Amgen Foundation. "We are proud that since the program's inception 10 years ago, over 100 Scholars have earned Ph.D.'s in scientific fields; with nearly 1,000 in the scientific pipeline pursuing masters, Ph.D.s and M.D.-Ph.D.s across the globe." Concurrently with the Ten To Watch selection, 148 scientists from premier educational institutions in seven countries, who have acted as mentors for the Amgen Scholars Program, participated in a survey to uncover what the future of scientific research may look like.