Annual Awards Banquet

The 2020 AWIS Banquet date is currently TBD. We will continue to follow the best practices for social gatherings and future AWIS programming.  We look forward to celebrating the winners this fall.

We still hope to arrange an event (or multiple smaller events) later this year (October/September) where we can celebrate our award winners and scholarship recipients.

The annual banquet is an inspirational evening celebrating the achievements of all women in science.  You will hear from the 2020 Award Winners, meet the AWIS undergraduate scholarship recipients and enjoy the company of other supporters of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information, contact Reitha Weeks at

Congratulations to the 2020 AWIS Award Winners!

Science Advancement and Leadership

Dr. Sheri Tonn, PhD, (Retired) Professor of Chemistry, VP Finance,

Pacific Lutheran University

Early Career Achievement in STEM

Dr. Margaret Sibley, PhD, Associate Professor,

UW Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Excellence in STEM Education/Outreach

Dr. Amanda Jones, PhD, Senior Director, Education Initiatives,

 Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Excellence in Professional Development Education

Dr. Karen Peterson, PhD, Director, Office of Scientific Career Development and Scientific Ombuds,

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Thank you to our 2019 banquet sponsors and attendees!

The 7th annual Seattle AWIS banquet and award presentations on June 6th was a wonderful evening!

AWIS Seattle 2019 Award Trophies

There was an atmosphere of celebration coupled with enthusiastic support for past, present and future women in science, technology, engineering and math.  The inspiring personal stories of the 2019 award winners were the highlight of the evening.

Seven of the ten undergraduate 2019 AWIS scholarship winners were introduced by the scholarship donors.  Besides providing the backgrounds and education goals of the scholarship recipients, the donors shared what inspired them to become scholarship donors.

Renewing old acquaintances and initiating new ones was encouraged before and after the program, while on the patio or at the dining tables at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.  Jac Fitzgerald, Seattle AWIS chapter president, introduced National AWIS and the Seattle chapter programs.  Banquet committee co-chair, Reitha Weeks, proposed a toast to a promising future thanks to all women in science and science supporters.  The 127 attendees were encouraged to plant the seeds of encouragement, persistence and visions of success for women in science through their words and actions. Everyone was invited to take home a packet of flower seeds to plant as a reminder that it is up to each of us to grow our science community and communicate the importance of science to the public.

Seattle AWIS invited everyone – AWIS members and non-members, women and men – to attend our summer social and our monthly programs that begin in September.

2019 Seattle AWIS Award Winners

L to R:AWIS 2019 winners holding the trophy

Dr. Corrie Ortega

Dr. Reitha Weeks

Dr. Denise Galloway

Dr. Jeanne Chowning

The 2019 AWIS Award categories and winners are:

♦ Science Advancement and Leadership
       Denise Galloway, PhD; Director, Pathogen Associated Malignancies IRC
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
♦ Early Career Achievement in STEM
       Corrie Ortega, PhD; Senior Research Scientist
Intellectual Ventures Laboratory
♦ Excellence in STEM Education / Outreach
       Jeanne Chowning, MS, PhD; Senior Director of Science Education
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
♦ Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member
      Reitha Weeks, PhD; Biotech Camp Program Coordinator
Shoreline Community College

Pictures from the 2019 AWIS Banquet, June 6 at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Banquet 2019 Pictures

Banquet 2019 Pictures

2019 Seattle AWIS undergraduate scholarship recipients and Scholarship Committee co-chairs.

Award and scholarship winners

Thank you to our banquet Table Sponsors to date:


  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Fred Hutch, Office of Scientific Career Dev./Student Postdoc Advisory Committee
  • Fred Hutch, Human Biology Division
  • Fred Hutch, Science Education and Training
  • Celgene and Juno Therapeutics, a Celgene company


  • Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason


  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Impel NeuroPharma

Thank you to our major scholarship donors:     

  • Battelle
  • Conerly Family

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The Seattle AWIS chapter was founded in 1985 and is affiliated with National AWIS ( The chapter has approximately 100 members representing many fields of science and technology and all education and career levels.  The chapter provides a welcoming environment to support women in STEM and encourage girls to participate in the sciences.  Seattle AWIS has monthly programs that are open to the public, a peer mentoring program, an undergraduate scholarship program, a science program for middle school girls and an annual banquet to honor local, award-winning women.  For more information, visit or contact

  • Learn more about previous AWIS Award Recipients:
  • 2018 Annual Awards
    • Scientific Advancement and Leadership in STEM: Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc; Fred Hutch, Nohla Therapeutics
    • Early Career Achievement in STEM: Elizabeth Nance, PhD; UW Chemical Engineering
    • Excellence in Science Education / Outreach: Beverly Torok-Storb, PhD, MEd; Fred Hutch
    • Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member: Fran Solomon, MS, PhD; Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas
  • 2017 Annual Awards
    • 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

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

    2015 Annual Awards

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

    2014 Annual Awards

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

    2013 Annual Awards

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

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