Annual Awards Banquet

Cheers for the 6th Annual Seattle AWIS Banquet and Awards Presentations!

June 14, 2018

UW Center for Urban Horticulture

It was an evening of celebration and acknowledgement of the amazing women receiving the 2018 Seattle AWIS awards.  With more than 115 attendees, there were standing ovations and rounds of applause showing support not only for the award winners and undergraduate scholarship recipients but for all women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

We have an amazing community of women and men, students and professionals, who support and encourage all women to achieve their full potential and become the role models and leaders that will bring new ideas and diversity to every area of STEM.

We invite you to join AWIS and participate in our programs for the 2018-2019 year.  Your enthusiasm, ideas and perspectives enable us to create valuable programs for our members and the public.  Our website will have details about our September 19th program as the date gets closer.

Photos courtesy of Martina Machackova Photography,

Seattle AWIS scholarship donors and recipients.

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A toast to women in STEM!

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Award winner Colleen Delaney talks about her path in science.

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  • Congratulations to the 2018 Seattle AWIS Award Winners!

  • Scientific Advancement and Leadership in STEM
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Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc
Full Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch;
Chief Scientific Officer, Nohla Therapeutics

Dr. Colleen Delaney is a Member and the Madeline Dabney Adams Endowed Chair in AML Research of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Clinical Research Division, and an Associate Professor at UW in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Delaney’s research interests focus on hematopoietic stem cell regulation and ex-vivo expansion of umbilical cord blood stem and progenitor cells for clinical applications. In 2006, she established and became the Director of the Cord Blood Transplant Program at the Fred Hutch/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Delaney is the Scientific Founder and the Chief Medical Officer of Nohla Therapeutics, Inc., a cellular therapy company founded in 2015 and focused on the development of universal, off-the-shelf cell therapies for patients with hematologic malignancies and other critical diseases.

  • Early Career Achievement in STEM

    Elizabeth Nance, PhD
    Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, UW Chemical Engineering;
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, UW Radiology

    Dr. Elizabeth Nance joined the University of Washington in 2015 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, with an adjunct appointment in Radiology. Elizabeth’s research focuses on developing tools to understand fundamental neurophysiological processes and engineering therapeutics, such as nanoparticle formulations, to treat brain diseases.  Elizabeth has over 23 publications, 2 patents, and has given over 40 invited talks. Elizabeth is a recipient of the highly competitive NIGMS R35 MIRA award and the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award. She was named the 2018 European Union’s Inspiring Young Scientist in Nanomedicine, won the 2018 Young Innovator Award in Nanobiotechnology, and was Forbes 30 under 30 in Science in 2015 as one of the “most disruptive, game-changing and innovating young personalities in science.” Elizabeth is active in mentoring young women in engineering in health fields and is the founder of Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE), an organization for graduate and undergraduate women chemical engineers.

  • 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

    Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb has a passion for training and for helping women navigate and succeed in the world of science. She organizes and conducts multiple educational outreach activities for nonscientists, particularly for underserved communities.  She initiated the Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP) to provide experience and exposure to STEM. High school students get training in basic and expanded lab skills, an introduction to computational biology and then do summer internships with mentoring from Fred Hutch scientists. Dr. Torok-Storb’s research interests are the regulation of hematopoiesis and stem cell differentiation. She is the Director of the Core Center of Excellence in Hematology which includes organizing an enrichment program for trainees.  In 2013, she was named “Top Doc” for Community Service by Seattle Magazine and in 2016 she received Life Science Washington’s “Women in Life Science” award for inspiration and contributions shaping the life science industry.

  • Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member

    Fran Solomon, MS, PhD
    Adjunct Professor, Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas

    Dr. Fran Solomon is an environmental biologist with a bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degree in environmental health, and Ph.D. in fisheries. She loves bringing her 25 years of environmental agency experience to the classroom. She teaches university students, environmental and health care professionals, and the general public about environmental pollution, especially impacts of toxic chemicals on water quality, aquatic species, and human health. Fran’s passion for encouraging women and girls to study science and pursue STEM careers led her to co-found Seattle AWIS in 1985, start the scholarship program in 1990, hold leadership positions at chapter and national levels, and mentor current and future scientists. She also enjoys outdoor activities, international travel, and singing with her husband and friends.

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, plus the Office of Scientific Career Development and Student Postdoc Advisory Committee

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      Juno Therapeutics

      Nohla Therapeutics

      ZymoGenetics/Bristol -Myers Squibb

  • Gold Level:
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Seattle Children’s Research Institute

    • Intellectual Ventures

      Silver Level: UW Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) and ADVANCE

  • THANK YOU to our major undergraduate scholarship donor:

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    And THANK YOU to our banquet photographer:

    Martina Machackova, Photography & Design,

    Learn more about previous AWIS Award Banquets and Recipients:

    2017 Annual Awards Baquet

    • 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 Annual Awards Baquet

    • Scientific Advancement: Hongkui Zeng, PhD; Allen Institute
    • Leadership in the Public/Private Sector: Erin Shellman, PhD; Zymergen

    2015 Annual Awards Baquet

    • Scientific Advancement: Julie Overbaugh, PhD; Fred Hutch, UW
    • Early Career Achievement: Brandi Cossairt, PhD; UW Chemistry

    2014 Annual Awards Baquet

    • Scientific Advancement: Anna Wald, PhD; UW, Fred Hutch
    • Science Education/Outreach: Nancy Hutchison, PhD; Fred Hutch

    2013 Annual Awards Baquet

    • Scientific Advancement and Mentoring: Sheila Lukehart, PhD; UW Medicine, Global Health and Harborview