Girls Who Code

The Fred Hutch Girls Who Code club is a year-long after-school club for high school aged (grades 10-12) girls run by computational biology graduate students at Fred Hutch and UW. We meet weekly after school at the Fred Hutch campus.

Goal of Girls Who Code

The goal of the club to build a foundation in the logic and vocabulary of computer science through collaborative projects. In this past this has included bioinformatics projects related to infectious diseases and protein evolution as well as building and programming a robot to navigate a maze. We aim to explore coding and its applications in a wide variety of domains!

Girls Who Code welcomes all students who identify as female or non-binary in grades 10-12. We strongly encourage participation by students from under-represented backgrounds. 

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Field Trips

We go on several field trips a year to expose the club members to different careers which use coding. In the past, we have taken tours of computational biology labs at Fred Hutch and met with female programmers and data scientists at Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Just Biotherapeutics, and Microsoft. 

Meet Our Lead Facilitators 

All our facilitators are junior researchers at the University of Washington and/or Fred Hutch who use computational approaches in their work and enjoy mentoring the next generation of women in science and technology!

Maggie Russell

Maggie Russell

Immune repertoire diversity, Matsen Lab

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (UW)
Public Health Sciences (Hutch)
Computational Biology (Hutch)

Lauren Gentles

Lauren Gentles

Viral evolution, Bloom Lab

Microbiology (UW)
Basic Sciences (Hutch)
Computational Biology (Hutch)

Maddy Duran

Maddy Duran

Gene regulatory networks, Trapnell Lab

Genome Sciences (UW)

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