Do you know an impressive woman in STEM? Each fall, Seattle AWIS invites the community to nominate outstanding women who should be recognized for their achievements in advancing science or technology, contributing to STEM education or being outstanding mentors and leaders.
Nomination forms are made available in October and the awardees are celebrated at the annual banquet.
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 AWIS Award Winners!
Science Advancement and Leadership Award
Dr. Sheri Tonn, PhD,
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, VP Finance, Pacific Lutheran University
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Sheri served 15 years as the vice president of finance and operations. She has also served as dean of natural sciences and dean of information resources.
She served on multiple local, state and national boards, and was the founding board chair of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) and Citizens for a Healthy Bay. She is the past chair of the Tacoma Pierce Community Foundation and the current chair of the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners. She serves as treasurer of the Pacific Bonsai Museum and the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.
Sheri is a native Oregonian and earned her B.S. in chemistry at Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University. An avid SCUBA diver, she is looking forward to more dive trips in her retirement!
Early Career Achievement in STEM Award
Dr. Margaret Sibley, PhD,
Associate Professor, UW Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Seattle Children’s Hospital
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Excellence in STEM Education/Outreach Award
Dr. Amanda Jones, PhD,
Senior Director, Education Initiatives, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
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She holds a PhD in microbiology and infectious disease from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. At UW, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics from 2002 to 2008 and held adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Pathobiology and Global Health.
Amanda launched the Science Education Department at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in 2008. The Department offers a number of programs that are intended to increase equity of access to high-quality, hands-on science education, inspire the next generation, and prepare students to be successful in careers in science and healthcare. One successful program has been the mobile “Science Adventure Lab” which brings innovative science education to underserved schools across Washington. Amanda contributes to the development of mobile laboratory programs across the US and internationally through service on the national Mobile Laboratory Coalition board of directors since 2013.
Excellence in Professional Development Education Award
Dr. Karen Peterson, PhD,
Director, Office of Scientific Career Development and Scientific Ombuds, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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Dr. Karen Peterson is the Director, Office of Scientific Career Development and Scientific Ombuds at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also the Co-Director of the joint Fred Hutch-UW Biomedical Research Integrity Training Program. She is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for Women-in-Biology, Seattle Chapter.
Karen is the author of the Nature journal’s Guide to Life Science Careers and has over 20 years of experience in career counseling and professional development for biomedical scientists. She has helped over one thousand PhD-level scientists obtain successful careers in academia, industry, and research-related careers. Her professional work experience includes developing an interdisciplinary training program, managing an astronomy outreach education program, and her current roles that include facilitating scientist career success, navigating conflicts between scientists and training scientists in ethical decision-making in research.
Karen received a B.A. in Genetics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutch before making a career transition into administration. She is often interviewed about research training and ethics issues by journals such as Nature and Science.
Seattle AWIS Awards Banquet
Seattle AWIS has been celebrating the achievements of Women in the Pacific Northwest since 2013 with our annual banquet and awards. The annual banquet is an inspirational evening celebrating the achievements of all women in science. At the banquet, you will hear from the Award Winners, meet the AWIS scholarship recipients and enjoy the company of other supporters of Women in STEM.
The 2020-2021 AWIS Awards Banquet has been postponed: As we work with ongoing COVID-19 guidance, the date and format for the banquet is TBD. For more information, contact Reitha Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org.