Amgen Award For Science Teaching Excellence Honors Outstanding Teachers
Award Demonstrates Amgen's Commitment to the Next Generation of Innovators and
the Teachers who Inspire Them
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 19, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen is pleased to
announce the nine science teachers in the United States, Canada and Puerto
Rico who are this year's recipients of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching
Excellence (AASTE). Now in its 21st year, the award recognizes extraordinary
teachers at the kindergarten through 12th grade level who have an outstanding
ability to inspire students and produce results in science education.
With a long-standing commitment to science education, Amgen established the
teacher awards program to promote and encourage science teaching excellence in
public and private schools. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has
awarded more than $3 million in cash awards and grants to educators in
communities where Amgen operates who have made exceptional science-teaching
"At Amgen, we are keenly aware of the importance of inspiring and preparing
the next generation of scientists," said Joseph P. Miletich, M.D., Ph.D.,
senior vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "We applaud each
of the award recipients for their dedication to delivering quality science
education to tomorrow's innovators."
In 2013, the Award for Science Teaching Excellence winners were honored at
surprise presentations at their schools. The 2013 award recipients are:
Mary Murphy, The Urban School of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Laura Todis, Sierra High School, Fillmore, Calif.
Mark Paricio, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colo.
Susan Buehner, Brandeis Elementary School, Louisville, Ky.
Rebekah Ravgiala, Tyngsborough High School, Tyngsborough, Mass.
Luz Burgos, Colegio Radians, Cayey, Puerto Rico
David Upegui, Central Falls High School, Central Falls, R.I.
Amanda Rainwater, Bothell High School, Bothell, Wash.
Glyn Davies, Henry Anderson Elementary School, Richmond, British Columbia,
Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including, among others, a
teacher's ability to effectively engage students while deepening their
scientific understanding, the plan for the use of grant money to improve
science education resources in their schools, and a letter of recommendation.
The nine selected winners receive the following benefits:
oAn unrestricted cash award of $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD; and
oA restricted $5,000 USD or $5,000 CAD 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
Amgen partnered with Education Development Center (EDC) to select the 2013
AASTE recipients. EDC is a global non-profit organization that designs,
delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world's most
urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity.
The AASTE awards provided to teachers in the United States were funded by the
Amgen Foundation and the award in Canada was funded by Amgen.
For more information about this year's winners and the program, please visit
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation (www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html) seeks to
advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and
strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date,
the Foundation has donated over $200 million in grants to nonprofit
organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact
society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster
relief efforts both domestically and internationally. The Amgen Foundation can
be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AmgenFoundation.
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, effective
medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have
changed the practice of medicine, helping people around the world in the fight
against serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new
medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically
improve people's lives. For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow
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CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Kristen Davis, 805-447-3008 (media)
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