Annual Awards Banquet

Congratulations to the 2018 Seattle AWIS Award Winners!

  • Scientific Advancement and Leadership in STEM:  Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc
    Full Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch;
    Chief Scientific Officer, Nohla Therapeutics
  • Early Career Achievement in STEM:  Elizabeth Nance, PhD
    Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, UW Chemical Engineering;
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, UW Radiology
  • Excellence in Science Education / Outreach:  Beverly Torok-Storb, PhD, MEd
    Full Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch;
    Director, Summer High School Internship Program, Fred Hutch
  • Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member:  Fran Solomon, MS, PhD
    Environmental Science Professor – educator to universities, professionals and the public

We hope you and your colleagues will join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the award winners at our annual June banquet:

SAVE THE DATE:  Come celebrate with Seattle AWIS!

2018 AWIS Banquet

Thursday – June 14, 2017 – 6:30- 10:00 pm

UW Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st St., Seattle WA 98105

The AWIS Banquet promises to be an inspirational evening. You will hear from the 2018 Award Winners, meet the AWIS undergraduate scholarship winners and enjoy the company of other supporters of women in science.  We encourage local companies and organizations to become table sponsors to show their support for our dynamic scientific community.  Banquet ticket sales will begin April 1st.

Become a Banquet Table Sponsor!

      Table sponsorship provides an opportunity for companies and organizations to demonstrate support for women in STEM and recognize and thank individuals within their organization by providing complimentary banquet tickets.  Your financial support enables Seattle AWIS to host this event that inspires our community, especially women, of all ages, at all career levels and in all STEM fields.

There are three sponsorship levels:  $1100 – $800 – $550.

View sponsor package details here.  All sponsor levels include complimentary banquet seats and visibility in banquet publicity and event materials.

Request more information or sign up through

THANK YOU to our banquet table sponsors to date:

Platinum Level:

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Juno Therepeutics

THANK YOU to our major undergraduate scholarship donor:

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And THANK YOU to our banquet photographer:

Martina Machackova, Photography & Design,

Previous AWIS Award Recipients
● 2017

Scientific Advancement: Emily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD; UW Paul G. Allen Computer Science & Engineering and UW Statistics
Science Education: Alyssa Taylor, PhD; UW Bioengineering
Science Outreach: Claudia Ludwig, MEd; Institute for Systems Biology

● 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

Thank you to all who attended the 5th annual Seattle AWIS Banquet and Awards Presentations!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – The Landing at Tyee on Lake Union, Seattle 

It was an evening of a celebration and inspiration! Over 120 attendees honored 8 undergraduate scholarship winners and heard from the three 2017 AWIS Award winners recognized for scientific advancement, education, and outreach. Seattle is fortunate to have a strong science community that values the contributions of women in all areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


The three 2017 AWIS Award winners are particularly outstanding local leaders, mentors, and innovators whose work has made an impact locally and nationwide. Their personal stories about how their interest in science developed and was impacted by people and circumstances were inspiring. In their current positions, they are role models for students and other professionals.

The 2017 Award Recipients

      • Scientific Advancement in STEM:

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

        • Claudia Ludwig, MEd; Director, Systems Education Experiences, Institute for Systems Biology
      • Excellence in Science Education:

        • Alyssa Taylor, PhD; Senior Lecturer, University of Washington Bioengineering

Our scholarship fund donors were on hand to present the scholarship awards to the eight 2017 undergraduate winners. These students were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, motivation to pursue a science-based career, and a record of giving back to their communities. They have amazing potential and we are pleased to give them our support and encouragement.

2017 Award Recipients (left to right): Emily Fox, Claudia Ludwig, and Alyssa Taylor2017 AWIS Scholarship recipients. A toast to women in STEM!

Sharing the evening with many individuals and organizations that support women in science strengthened our community and made for a memorable evening.  We encourage everyone to join Seattle AWIS for our monthly programs that will run September through May.  And, of course, we hope to see you at next June’s banquet and awards presentations!


Seattle AWIS Board
Banquet & Awards Committee


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

ZymoGenetics/Bristol-Myers Squibb

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington


      • 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

And, thank you to our photographer for the evening, Martina Machackova Photography & Design.

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


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 the 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 the 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 a 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

AWIS Banquet Flyer pdf