Claremont, Calif. (May 25, 2022)—Pitzer student Juan Santos ’23 has been chosen as a Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)-Amgen scholar for an eight-week, research-intensive residential program at Stanford University. Santos, a double major in molecular biology and Spanish with a focus in literature, is interested in researching lung diseases.
When asked what inspired him to apply to the program, Santos said: “A few years ago, my youngest brother suffered from a lung infection that was difficult to treat. Since then, I developed an interest in researching infections, disease-causing bacteria, and even new treatments to better combat such diseases. In the future, I hope to combine my research interests with diversity, equity, and inclusion work to combat many of the inequities that BIPOC and low-income communities face in terms of access to healthcare. The SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program seemed like a perfect opportunity to continue to explore my research interests, while keeping in mind my future goals and endeavors.”
In the SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program, participants are matched with a Stanford faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects and involves a broad range of research techniques. The program culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks and posters in front of their peers, faculty, lab mentors, university administrators, and the general public. Intended for students interested in pursuing a PhD program, the SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to sharpen and develop essential skills needed to conduct research in the biosciences.
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