Graduate Students

Graduate Programs   

If you would like to become a graduate student at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, there are several different programs to which you can apply. Most students are members of the joint Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

The Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program is an interdisciplinary program of graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree. Approximately 190 faculty from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington participate in the program. Many areas of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology are represented. For detailed information, visit the Molecular and Cellular Biology website.

Biological Physics Structure and Design

Another interesting graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree, including faculty from both the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is the Biological Physics Structure and Design Members of this program study the use and determination of atomic-level structures of biologically important molecules, with goals that include understanding the relationship between structure and function, predicting three-dimensional structures of biomolecules, and designing new molecules.

Other Options

Many faculty in the research divisions at Fred Hutchinson have affiliate appointments in departments at the University of Washington. In most cases, a graduate student accepted into a University of Washington graduate program in a department with which Hutchinson Center faculty are affiliated, can choose to follow graduate research in the laboratory of the affiliate at the Hutchinson Center. Contact individual departments or researchers with whom you are interested in working for more specific details.   

Funding for Graduate Students

There are several sources for graduate student support available to scientists at Fred Hutchinson. Stipends to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows come from a variety of sources, including:

Graduate Courses

View a description of graduate courses taught at the Hutchinson Center.

Weintraub Award for Graduate Students

The Weintraub Award honors graduate students for outstanding achievements.

Graduate Student Resources

Members of the Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) have put together a collection of resources including a survival handbook.   

Research Ethics

All Hutchinson Center-based trainees (postdoctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and graduate students) must complete requirements during their tenure at the center. For details about the training see the Research Ethics Education Program Web site.

Authorization Statement

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to offer specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.