Nominations Open for the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
30 Outstanding Teachers Will Be Recognized in Communities Where
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2006--Amgen
(NASDAQ:AMGN), today announced a call for nominations for its 16th
annual Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. This award is
designed to recognize and honor extraordinary science teachers at the
K-12 level, who significantly impact their students through exemplary
science teaching and who achieve demonstrated results in student
learning in communities where Amgen operates.
With a longstanding commitment to science education, Amgen
established the teacher awards program to promote and encourage
science excellence in public and private schools. Since the program's
inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded more than $1 million to educators
who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions and who have
significantly impacted the lives of their students. Amgen is expanding
its program this year, and will honor a total of 30 teachers in
California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode
Island, and Washington.
"At Amgen, we believe that extraordinary educators spark a
lifetime interest in science," said Phyllis Piano, vice president
Corporate Communications and Philanthropy. "This year, we are proud to
expand the program to honor additional science teachers across the
The 30 selected winners within the United States and Puerto Rico
will receive the following benefits:
-- An unrestricted cash award of $5,000;
-- A restricted $5,000 cash grant to the recipient's school for
the expansion or enhancement of a school science program,
science resources, or the professional development of the
school's science teachers;
-- Recognition at an awards banquet and within Amgen corporate
Another new aspect of this year's program is that applicants are
required to submit an innovative lesson plan that they have
successfully incorporated into their classroom and can be shared with
other teachers. A panel of independent judges will select the winners
based on the lesson plan as well as the following criteria: creativity
of teaching methods; effectiveness in the classroom and the plan for
the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their
Those interested in nominating an outstanding teacher should visit
for more information.
Nominations must be postmarked by January 31, 2007 to be valid.
Winners will be notified in April 2007.
Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human
therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the
first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe
and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient.
Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping
millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer,
kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses.
With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen
remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve
people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our
vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.
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Sarah Rockwell, 805-447-9953 (media)