Call for Applications: The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
34 Outstanding Teachers Will Be Recognized in Communities Where Amgen Operates
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today
announced that it now invites applications for its 18th annual Amgen Award for
Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE). 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 $2 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 34
teachers in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Rhode
Island, Washington and Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).
In addition, a new streamlined web-based application will be available this
"At Amgen, we believe that extraordinary teachers can inspire a passion
for science," said Phyllis Piano, vice president, Corporate Communications and
Philanthropy at Amgen. "Since the beginning of the AASTE program more than 200
teachers have been honored for their dedication, and we look forward to
celebrating the achievements of this year's recipients."
The 34 selected winners within the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada
will receive the following benefits:
-- An unrestricted cash award of $5,000USD or $5,000CAD; and
-- A restricted $5,000USD or $5,000CAD 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.
Applicants are required to submit an innovative lesson plan that they have
successfully incorporated into their classroom and that can be shared with
other teachers. A panel of independent judges will select the winners based on
the following criteria: creativity and effectiveness of teaching methods;
innovative lesson plan; and the plan for the use of grant money to improve
science education resources in their schools.
A select number of the lesson plans submitted by 2009 AASTE Award winners
will be posted to Amgen's Website, with the intent that other teachers will
benefit from these innovative materials. Select lesson plans from 2007 and
2008 AASTE Award winners are available for download at no cost; educators are
encouraged to review and implement any of these plans into their own
Those interested in applying should visit
http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/aaste.html for more information. The
application can be completed online and French and Spanish applications are
available in PDF format. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 2, 2009 to be
valid. Winners will be notified in between April and June 2009.
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures 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 deep and broad 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.
CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Kristen Davis, (805) 447-3008 (media)