Awards and Banquet

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. After announcing the winners, award winners are celebrated at the annual AWIS Banquet, which happens each summer

2023 Seattle AWIS Awards

Among your many contacts, you undoubtedly know women who deserve recognition for their innovation, leadership, and education efforts in STEM. We invite you to nominate an outstanding woman!


– Science or Technology Advancement and Leadership

– Early Career Achievement in STEM

– Excellence in STEM Education/Outreach

The nomination form is available here

Nominations accepted Nov. 1, 2022 through Jan. 6, 2023

Awardees will be selected in January and honored at the June 14, 2023 AWIS banquet.

  • Submit the nomination form and a resume, CV, or LinkedIn profile by Jan. 6, 2023
  • AWIS membership is not required for the nominee or nominator
  • Self-nominations are welcomed

We look forward to receiving your nomination!

For more information, contact


Seattle AWIS Award Recipients 2022

Science Advancement and Leadership

Dr. Mary (Nora) Disis, MD; UW Medicine, Director, Cancer Vaccine Institute;
Associate Dean, Translational Science, UW;
Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professorship for Cancer Research

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Dr. Nora Disis is the Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professor for Cancer Research at the University of Washington (UW), Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences in the UW School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is the Director of UW Medicine’s Cancer Vaccine Institute and the Institute for Translational Health Science. Her research interest is in the discovery of new immunologic targets in solid tumors for the development of vaccine and cellular therapy for the treatment and prevention of common malignancies. In addition, her research group evaluates the use of the immune system to aid in the diagnosis of cancer and develops novel assays and approaches to quantitate and characterize human immunity. She holds several patents in the field of targeted cancer immunotherapy and immune-based diagnostics. Dr. Disis is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. She is an American Cancer Society Clinical Professor. Dr. Disis is the
Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Oncology.

Early Career Achievement in STEM

Dr. Angela Fang, PhD;UW Psychology, Assistant Professor

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Dr. Angela Fang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (UW). She completed her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. Prior to joining the faculty at UW, Dr. Fang completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and served as faculty at Harvard Medical School. At UW, she directs the Center of Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, and Clinical Translation (CoNNeCT Lab), which is focused on understanding neurobiological contributions to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders and their treatment. As a researcher and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Fang has integrated her scientific and clinical observations in a research program that uses neuroimaging to examine brain signatures linked to treatment response, which can ultimately guide treatment recommendations for an individual patient. She has also been interested in understanding the role of the neuropeptide, oxytocin, in regulating social cognition in psychiatric disorders to develop novel treatment strategies. Dr. Fang identifies as a first-generation, Chinese American, mother of two boys, and shares her early career achievements with her family, colleagues, and students, who have supported her scientific endeavors and commitment to alleviating the mental health impact of anxiety.

Excellence in STEM Education/Outreach

Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera, PhD;Evergreen State College, Chemistry Faculty;
American Chemical Society, Career Consultant 

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Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera is a physical chemistry professor at the Evergreen State College (TESC) where she has taught first-year and senior-level chemistry students since 1991. Providing access to chemistry to students from all backgrounds, designing experiments to connect theory with practice, and increasing retention in the sciences have been her focus. Her workbook on Mole Concepts and Stoichiometry has contributed towards helping students access these challenging topics. Designing and implementing a novel approach to the senior chemistry curriculum earned Dr. Bopegedera the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award in 1993. This effort resulted in a significant increase in TESC graduates pursuing graduate studies in chemistry. In 2014, TESC President recognized her with the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching and Outreach. Dr. Bopegedera is the Founding Faculty Advisor of the Evergreen Chemistry Club, whose members are an integral part of her outreach activities. Closest to her heart is the “Chemistry in the Library” project that provides access to science experiments to children from all walks of life. Dr. Bopegedera serves on the Executive Committee of the Puget Sound Section of the ACS. Among other accomplishments, she has organized the annual Career Events to benefits undergraduates in the region for eighteen consecutive years

Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors

Table sponsors enable Seattle AWIS to host this banquet which inspires our community, especially women, of all ages, at all career levels and in all STEM fields.