CLEMSON — Clemson University biochemistry student Hilda Chan of Charleston has been selected to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program.

Chan spent 10 weeks this summer conducting research at Washington University in St. Louis. She was one of 360 students selected globally from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants.

Since 2006, the Amgen Scholars Program has provided hands-on research opportunities under world-renowned faculty mentors to more than 3,100 undergraduate students. More than 95 percent of the program’s alumni who have completed their bachelor’s degree are currently pursuing advanced degrees or careers in scientific fields.

Chan worked under Dr. Milan Chheda to investigate epigenetics in glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Their research focused on genes related to the tumor-initiating cells.

Of the experience, Chan said, “It was the best summer of my undergraduate experience. I was able to conduct fantastic research through a supportive and structured program. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to go into the medical field.”

Chan is currently finishing her degree at Clemson and plans to pursue medical school after graduation. She hopes to get her M.D.

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