2017 AWIS Awards Banquet

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!

 

Cheers,
Seattle AWIS Board
Banquet & Awards Committee

 

Thank you to our banquet Table Sponsors to date:

GOLD LEVEL:

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

SILVER LEVEL:

      • 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

MEET OUR AWARD WINNERS

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.