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Hendrix Sophomore Selected for Amgen Scholars Program at Caltech

Katie Wendover - 20160503 - 10580821CONWAY, Ark. (May 4, 2016) — Hendrix College sophomore pre-med student Katie Wendover ’18 was recently accepted for a competitive summer undergraduate research internship with the  Amgen Scholars program at California Institute of Technology.

The program, made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the  Amgen Foundation, allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan. Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region (U.S., Europe or Japan) where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

Wendover, a French major from Littleton, Colorado, had originally planned to do research on campus over the summer, but she learned of the Amgen program at the spring Undergraduate Research Opportunities Meeting.

“The Amgen program attracted me the most because of the emphasis placed on mentorship,” said Wendover. “I felt that this would give me a chance, similar to the opportunities at Hendrix, to refine my research abilities with the advice of a seasoned professional. Additionally, I liked the opportunity this program presented for conducting unique research that I had created in my application.

“I will be conducting research that has not been done before. Therefore, I can see the evolution of an experimental study from its conception,” she said. “In addition to refining my laboratory skill set, I hope to get a better idea of what a career in research would look like this summer and gain a deep understanding for the demands of the field.”

“I hope to become more proactive in my method of problem solving, which will help me throughout my career at Hendrix and for the rest of my life,” she said. “Overall, I am still surprised about being awarded such an opportunity, but I plan to make the most of everyday I have at Caltech.”

In April, Lauren Dickinson ’17, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was accepted for the Amgen Scholars program at Harvard University.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit