Awards & Banquet

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.

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.

Save the Date – June 2nd and June 16th 2021
Join us for a virtual celebration honoring the achievements of our 2020-2021 award recipients!

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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Dr. Sheri Tonn recently retired as professor of chemistry at Pacific Lutheran University where she has been on the faculty since 1979. She taught environmental chemistry, instrumental methods, and biochemistry. She was involved in the cross-disciplinary integrated studies and environmental studies programs. She led student trips to Australia and Guatemala, supervised the research of dozens of chemistry undergraduates and led lab safety workshops for high school chemistry teachers.  She was successful in obtaining over $2 million in grants for the sciences.

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! 

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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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Dr. Sibley is a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Sibley received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Sibley’s work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adolescents and young adults, building motivation and executive function skills in teenagers, and parenting teenagers and young adults with ADHD. She authored a book on delivering therapy to adolescents with ADHD (The STAND Program: Supporting Teens’ Autonomy Daily). Dr. Sibley’s clinical work combines Motivational Interviewing and organization skills training to support teen with ADHD and their parents. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Professional Advisory Board for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the editorial boards for scientific journals that include the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Sibley has co-authored over 75 scientific papers on ADHD. Prior to coming to UW in 2019, Dr. Sibley was an Associate Professor at Florida International University.

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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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Dr. Amanda Jones came to the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1997 to complete a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric infectious disease. 23 years later, she is the Senior Director of Education Initiatives at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

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.

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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.

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