Oct 18, 2013 - Claremont, Calif. -
The mathematical and computational biology major was one of 255 students—from a pool of 3,600 applicants nationwide—to be awarded an Amgen Scholarship.
The scholarship program aims to boost learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers.
Amorosi applied her computational skills to genetic research in the lab of biology Professor Elhanan Borenstein at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“Most of my work involved coding in Python and Matlab to pull interesting trends out of heaps of data,” said Amorosi. “I studied ecological scaling laws—the relationship between an organism’s body mass and population density—in the human microbiome. I learned about a hot topic in biology, worked closely with other computational biologists and got a taste of grad school life.”
Amgen Scholars engage in hands-on research and participate in educational workshops, scientific seminars and networking events. They also attend a professional symposium where they learn about biotechnology, network with other Amgen Scholars and talk with leading scientists.
The program’s main goal is to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.
Amorosi’s future plans include pursuing a doctorate in computational biology.
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