Due to continued uncertainties about travel and operations, we regretfully announce that the Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA will not be accepting applications for summer 2021. We look forward to launching a new application cycle in Fall 2021 to select a new cohort of students in Summer 2022.

Your letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at your current institution who can best assess your ability for academic research and your motivation to attend graduate school. If your research experiences have been at a different institution, you may ask your faculty mentor at that institution to write your letter of recommendation. Only one letter of recommendation is required, but additional letters may be submitted. Please note that a Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form must be submitted for each letter submitted.

To best assist the Amgen Faculty Review Committee, faculty should discuss the following:

  • How long and in what capacity he/she has known the applicant
  • The applicant’s motivation for graduate study versus aspiration to attend professional (e.g., medical) school
  • The applicant’s qualifications and potential for research as well as academic success

If there are any other insights that the faculty wishes to share, we welcome that information. Letters should be composed on departmental letterhead.

Faculty should submit the letter and applicant’s signed Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form form via email (PREFERRED), fax , or mail. All materials must be received by the posted deadline.



(310) 267-2219

UCLA, URC-Sciences
Amgen Scholars Program
2121 Life Sciences Building
621 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606


The letter of recommendation remains confidential during the admission process. If the applicant has not waived his/her rights to inspect the recommendation, the faculty’s evaluation will become accessible as part of the education record only if the applicant is admitted into the program. Students should review the letter of recommendation waiver form with faculty recommenders.


Isabel Martinez
Program Representative, UCLA Amgen Scholars Program
Phone: 310-206-2182