Nominations Open for the Amgen Award For Science Teaching Excellence; 19 Outstanding Teachers Will Be Recognized in Communities Where Amgen Operates
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2004--Amgen Inc.
(NASDAQ:AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, today
announced a call for nominations for its 14th annual Amgen Award for
Science Teaching Excellence. This award is designed to recognize and
honor extraordinary science teachers, grades K-12 in communities where
Amgen operates, who significantly impact their students through
exemplary science teaching and who achieve demonstrated results in
A longstanding leader in 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 one million dollars to
educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions and
who have had a measurable impact on the lives of their students. This
year, Amgen will honor a total of 19 teachers in California, Colorado,
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington and Puerto Rico.
"We are proud to honor educators for their critical role in
encouraging and inspiring students through innovative
science-education programs -- and equally proud to support schools in
their efforts to expand science resources," said Marie Kennedy,
Amgen's vice president of Corporate Communications.
The 15 selected winners within the United States will receive the
- 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
- Access to a forum for sharing best practices with other Amgen
award winners from around the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
In Puerto Rico, four teachers will be honored, each receiving an
unrestricted cash award of $2,500 and a restricted $2,500 cash grant.
A panel of independent judges will select the winners based on the
following criteria: creativity of teaching method; effectiveness in
the classroom; motivational ability; instructional ability; and the
plan for the use of grant money to improve science education resources
in their schools.
Those interested in nominating an outstanding teacher should visit
http://www.amgen.com/teacherawards for more information. Nominations
must be postmarked by January 31, 2005 to be valid. Winners will be
notified in April 2005.
Amgen is a global biotechnology company that discovers, develops,
manufactures and markets important human therapeutics based on
advances in cellular and molecular biology.
Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks
Mary Klem, 805-447-4587 (media)
SOURCE: Amgen Inc.