More than 200 aspiring scientists to attend ‘Hutch High’

Fred Hutch labs become classrooms for a day on Nov. 8

SEATTLE – Nov. 1, 2012 – Approximately 230 high school science students and their teachers will take an enlightening look into some of the world’s leading research labs at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

On Nov. 8, high school students from across the state will attend Hutch High, an innovative half-day science symposium. Most of the students are 10th graders who might not otherwise have the firsthand opportunity to see inside the world of biomedical science.

Students will isolate and spool DNA, learn the art of micropipetting and use a germ-revealing black light to test their skills at hand washing. Hutch High also involves tours of working laboratories and presentations from Fred Hutch scientists about sickle cell disease, immune systems, chromosomes and how researchers use high-powered microscopes to find new ways to fight cancer.

There is no cost to the schools; the program is made possible by funding from the Michael Miyauchi Foundation. This year’s participating schools are:

  • Battle Ground: Columbia Adventist Academy
  • Bellevue: Interlake High School
  • Bothell: Bothell High School
  • Burien: Highline High School
  • Burlington: Burlington-Edison High School
  • Everett: Cascade High School
  • Issaquah: Liberty High School
  • Kennewick: River View High School
  • Lacey: Timberline High School
  • Manson: Manson High School
  • Moses Lake: Moses Lake Christian Academy
  • Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Christian School
  • Naches: Naches Valley High School
  • Onalaska: Onalaska High School
  • Puyallup: Chief Leschi High School
  • Randle: White Pass High School
  • Redmond: Bear Creek School
  • Ridgefield: Ridgefield High School
  • Rochester: Rochester High School
  • Seattle: Hutch School
    South Lake High School
  • Shoreline: Shorecrest High School
  • Skykomish: Skykomish High School
  • Spanaway: Bethel High School
  • Spokane: Community School
    St. Michael’s Academy
  • Tacoma: Mount Tahoma High School
  • Tukwila: Foster High School
  • Union Gap: La Salle High School
  • Walla Walla: DeSales High School
  • Yakima: Connex

Note for media only: For photos of students attending Hutch High on Nov. 8, please contact Christi Ball Loso at 206-667-5215 or

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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists – including three Nobel laureates – seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. The Hutchinson Center’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, the Hutchinson Center houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Hutchinson Center scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit or follow the Hutchinson Center on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Christi Ball Loso