University of North Georgia

06/06/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/06/2024 08:14

Cunnigham accepted into Yale Amgen Scholars

prestigious institutions that participate, including John Hopkins, Berkley, California Tech, and of course, Yale.

Cunningham is the second student from UNG to be accepted into the Amgen program, but the first to accept.

To be eligible for the program, students must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled in an accredited four-year institution in the U.S., be a sophomore or junior, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

The curriculum includes weekly faculty-led journal clubs and peer-mentoring forums, career development sessions, shadowing experiences and networking opportunities. It concludes with students displaying their research in a poster and brief oral presentation.

"Being accepted into a prestigious institute comes with the privilege of working with cutting-edge technology, which develops valuable skills for when I conduct my Ph.D., as well as when I go out to start my career in research," the Buford, Georgia, native said.

This program follows a NSF-funded REU at the University of Washington and a UNG Goldwater nomination for the junior. She also recently participated in UNG's Annual Research Conference.

A member of Phi Theta Kappa, a former Biology Boot Camp tutor and a leader and mentor on several research teams, Cunningham aspires to one day become a neuroscience researcher at a foundational research institute.