Annual Awards Banquet

 SAVE THE DATE!  Buy your banquet ticket before noon, Friday, June 2nd!

Annual AWIS Banquet – Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6:00-9:00 pm

The Landing at Tyee on Lake Union (formerly Tyee Yacht Club)

3229 Fairview Avenue E Seattle, WA 98102

The public is invited! Share this flyer with friends and colleagues

Join colleagues for a celebration of the 2017 AWIS Awards winners and presentations of AWIS undergraduate scholarships.

Buy tickets for 2017 Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet and Scholarship Fundraiser

We invite AWIS members and non-members, women and men to join us for an evening of inspiration and celebration. We will hear from the 2017 award winners, meet the undergraduate scholarship winners and enjoy the company of other supporters of women in science.

Purchase your ticket today! Ticket sales end at noon on Friday, June 2nd.
Students                    $30.00 ($32.04 with service fee)
AWIS Members         $35.00 ($37.22 with service fee)
Non-AWIS Members $40.00 ($42.39 with service fee)

If your company or organization would like to sponsor a table and receive visibility and complimentary seats, please contact Reitha Weeks, at

2017 Banquet Table Sponsor Packages

GOLD Level, $800

Complimentary dinner for six representatives

Reserved priority seating

Recognition in publicity and at the banquet

SILVER Level, $550

Complimentary dinner for four representatives

Reserved priority seating

Recognition in publicity and at the banquet

Payment can be made by check (contact or credit card (PayPal):

Table Sponsor Packages

Thank you to our banquet Table Sponsors to date:


Logo for Fred Hutch Fred Hutch Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee & Office of Scientific Career Development
Logo for Intellectual Ventures Intellectual Ventures
logo for Paul G Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW
Logo for Seattle Children's Research Institute Seattle Children’s Research Institute


  • Institute for Systems Biology
  • UW Bioengineering
  • Fred Hutch Science Education Programs: Summer HS Internship and Science Education Partnership
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research

Thank you to our major Scholarship Donor:  Battelle

Congratulations to the 2017 Seattle AWIS Award Winners!

Seattle AWIS is honored to recognize these outstanding women who have advanced their fields of scientific research, education and outreach.  They are leaders and innovators whose work has made an impact.  They are mentors and inspiring role models for students and other professionals.
The Award for Scientific Advancement in STEM goes to

Emily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD; Amazon Professor of Machine Learning
University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and Statistics

The Award for Excellence in Science Education goes to

Alyssa Taylor, PhD; Senior Lecturer
University of Washington Bioengineering

The Award for Excellence in Science Outreach goes to

Claudia Ludwig, MEd; Director, Systems Education Experiences,
Institute for Systems Biology

Plan to attend the June Banquet!

We hope you and your colleagues will join us for a memorable evening celebrating the accomplishments of the award winners.  Come to our June banquet to network with old friends, meet new acquaintances, and be inspired as you hear the personal stories of our award winners.

The annual banquet is an opportunity for the community – AWIS members and non-members – to celebrate and support the talented women in our STEM community.  The evening will include introductions of the undergraduate women receiving our 2017 AWIS scholarships.

The details for the banquet will be available in early March (



AWARD for Scientific Advancement in STEM

Emily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD; Amazon Professor of Machine Learning
University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and Statistics

Emily joined University of Washington in 2012 from the faculty of University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.  Emily is an expert in machine learning and a leading researcher in redefining the scope and nature of applied statistics.  She is a leader in developing computationally realistic modeling tools for complex data sets.  In addition to teaching and advising at University of Washington, she co-created an online course about machine learning.  She was recently recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  Emily fosters the development of other women in science through her visible success and being approachable and available as a mentor and counselor.

AWARD for Excellence in Science Education    

Alyssa Taylor, PhD; Senior Lecturer
University of Washington Bioengineering

Alyssa joined the University of Washington Bioengineering department in 2010, after graduate school at University of Virginia.  With a genuine passion for her job as lecturer, she serves as a positive role model for succeeding in science and engineering.  She is committed to improving education in STEM and has developed and tailored courses to bridge the gap between theory and real world applications.  In addition to writing and presenting educational research papers, she has had leadership roles in the American Society for Engineering Education.  She is actively engaged in outreach activities to encourage younger students in science.  Alyssa encourages her students to pursue their goals, provides them with resources and advice, and maintains an inspiring, enthusiastic attitude.

AWARD for Excellence in Science Outreach

Claudia Ludwig, MEd; Director, Systems Education Experiences (SEE)
Institute for Systems Biology

After being a high school biology and chemistry teacher, Claudia joined Institute for Systems Biology in 2004 as a Curriculum Consultant.  Last year she became Director of Systems Education Experiences (SEE).  She has helped develop state of the art curriculum modules that accelerate the transfer of new knowledge, technology and practices from laboratories to classrooms.  As a bridge between scientists, educators and students, she has been instrumental in extending the impact of the SEE program across the US and internationally.  She has built partnerships with groups that foster opportunities for students from under-represented groups.  Claudia has helped grow a successful SEE internship program, she leads workshops and training opportunities for educators and fosters communication skills in scientists.  

Previous AWIS Award Recipients

  • 2016
    • Scientific Advancement: Hongkui Zeng, PhD (Allen Institute)
    • Leadership in the Public/Private Sector:  Erin Shellman, PhD  (Zymergen)
  • 2015
    • Scientific Advancement: Julie Overbaugh, PhD (Fred Hutch, UW)
    • Early Career Achievement: Brandi Cossairt, PhD   (UW, Chemistry)
  • 2014
    • Scientific Advancement: Anna Wald, PhD (UW, Fred Hutch)
    • Science Education/Outreach: Nancy Hutchison, PhD (Fred Hutch)
  • 2013
    • Scientific Advancement and Mentoring: Sheila Lukehart, PhD (UW Medicine, Global Health and Harborview)

Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet 2016

Wednesday – June 1, 2016

Tyee Yacht Club, 3229 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102

Congratulations to our 2016 award recipients

For Scientific Advancement:

Dr. Hongkui Zeng from Allen Institute

For Leadership Excellence in Biotech or Public Sector:

Dr. Erin Shellman from Zymergen

Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet 2015

On June 17th, 2015 we held our 3rd Annual Awards Banquet & Scholarship Fundraiser – Download the 2015 Seattle AWIS Awards Flyer.

We honored Dr. Julie Overbaugh with an Award for Scientific Advancement, and Dr. Brandi Cossairt with an Award for Early Career Achievement. Both winners were chosen by an Awards Selection Committee after evaluation of all submitted nominations and approved by the Seattle AWIS Board. Presentation of the awards took place during this year’s Banquet.

Thank you to our 2015 banquet sponsors!

PLATINUM SPONSOR:     Intellectual Ventures

TABLE SPONSORS:         Center for Infectious Disease Research

Fred Hutch, Human Biology Division

Fred Hutch, Communications

Fred Hutch, Student Postdoc Advisory Committee

Fred Hutch, Office of Scientific Career Development

Seattle Children’s Research Institute

University of Washington, Department of Chemistry

Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet 2014


We honored Dr. Anna Wald with the Award for Scientific Advancement and Dr. Nancy Hutchison with the Award for Excellence in Science Education/Outreach at our fundraiser/banquet held in June 2014.

AWIS Award 2014 Press Release

Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet 2013


2013 marked the inaugural year for this award. We were pleased to receive many highly qualified candidates and through a decision process were able to narrow them down to one. The first ever recipient of the Award for Scientific Advancement presented by Seattle AWIS was Dr. Sheila Lukeheart, professor of medicine and global health at the University of Washington. She was honored at the banquet for her outstanding contributions to science. The Lukehart laboratory studies the pathogenesis of Treponema pallidum, vaccine development for syphilis, and immune response to Treponema in animal models and humans, including clinical aspects of the disease.

Inaugural AWIS Award Banquet 2013

2015 AWIS Seattle Award Nomination Form

2016 AWIS Awards Nomination Form