Saint Augustine’s University Student Participating in Amgen HBCU BioTech Fellowship Program
Story written by The Application & HBCU 20×20
Washington, D.C., June 21, 2023 – HBCU 20×20, a national nonprofit that connects the HBCU and Black community to career resources, has partnered with Amgen to host the second cohort of the Amgen Operations Biotech Fellowship program.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the fellows will participate in professional development programming, be paired with professionals at Amgen for mentorship, complete a capstone project, and will have the opportunity to interview for internship and full-time opportunities upon completion of the program.
“As the biotech industry continues to grow, diversity should be at the forefront and we’re proud that HBCU 20×20 has partnered with Amgen for this highly selective program to make this possible,” said CEO Nicole Tinson.
Samantha Taylor, director of Human Resources, at Amgen, stated, “As a leading global biotechnology company deeply rooted in science, we believe that an environment of inclusion fosters innovation, which helps drive our ability to serve patients. We are honored to continue to support this fellowship to support the next generation of innovators and leaders as they embark upon their career.”
The HBCU BioTech Fellows are juniors, seniors and recent university graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and are passionate about the field of BioTech. The 15 fellows attend 9 HBCUs, majoring in subjects including Biology, Computer Science, Agribusiness and were selected out of more than 75 applicants. They are:
Destinie James, Electrical Engineering Major, Tuskegee University
Jacoby Wilkerson, Supply Chain Management Major, Howard University
Khadim Mbacke, Physics Major, Michigan State University
Lamont Harrison, Computer Information Systems, Bethune-Cookman University
Langston Locke, Chemical Engineering Major, Howard University
Lotus Khanal, Mechanical Engineering Major, Howard University
Michaela Corley, Biology Major, Miles College
Nsikakabasi Ekong, Biology Major, Howard University
Onyinyechi Agbo, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Fisk University
Peter Musenge, Biology and Engineering Mathematics Major, Saint Augustine’s University
Rhonda Prince, Computer Information Systems Major, Grambling State University
Samaya Brooks, Agribusiness Major, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Yaman Siwakoti, Mechanical Engineering Major, Howard University
Yvette Foby, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Fisk University
About HBCU 20X20
HBCU 20×20 is a national diversity and inclusion company whose mission is to prepare and connect HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) students and alumni to quality job and internship opportunities. We are intentional about creating relationships with companies and organizations who share our same commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We believe every student and graduate deserves the opportunity to move ahead in their careers. We are closing the gap to ensure they get there through our strategic partnerships with companies and organizations.
Since September 2017, HBCU 20×20 placed over 1,100 people into jobs and internships, developed partnerships with more than 150 Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, as well as federal agencies, and grown our database to over 23,000 HBCU students and alumni.
HBCU 20×20 has been featured in publications including Forbes, New York Times, Fast Company, The Root, Black Enterprise, Blavity, HBCU Buzz, Huff Post, and Campus Lately.