UW Bothell’s Vicky Herrera Accepted into the Amgen Scholars Program


September 2, 2010

CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – University of Washington Bothell student, Vicky Hererra, has been accepted to participate in the 2010 Amgen Scholars Program.
The Amgen Scholars Program is held every summer at nine universities and colleges around the nation. The program provides students with the opportunity to do hands-on research with top academic scientists.
For her project, Vicky will work with University of Washington Professor, Dr. De la Iglesia, on exploring sleep and memory patterns. She will assist in a study to discover how sleep disruption adversely affects memory compensation. The hope is that their work will lead to a better understanding of circadian clocks.
The work that Vicky completes with Dr. De la Iglesia will culminate in a presentation that will be presented during a three-day symposium in California.
Says Vicky, “UW Bothell prepared me for this program by broadening my understanding of science and providing me with the necessary skills for success in this program.”
Vicky anticipates graduating with degrees in both chemistry and biochemistry in 2012, and hopes to go on to earn a PhD in biochemistry, during which she can continue her research. 
For more information on the Amgen Scholars Program, visit their website:  http://www.amgenscholars.com/web/guest/home .
About the Amgen Scholars Program: To date, more than 800 undergraduates have participated in the Amgen Scholars Program. Considered among the most competitive summer research programs in the U.S., several Amgen Scholar alumni have gone on to pursue doctorates at leading NEW universities with some being selected for premier fellowships including the Rhodes Scholarships. In the U.S., the host universities are California Institute of Technology; Columbia University/Barnard College; Howard University; MIT; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco; and University of Washington.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center. www.uwb.edu/nursing