Fred Hutch has a longstanding commitment to training the next generation of scientific leaders and providing professional development opportunities for our faculty. Our graduate degree and postdoctoral training programs prepare trainees from diverse backgrounds to lead research and transition to independent careers. Programs for faculty emphasize mentoring, leadership training and effective research management skills.
Our training opportunities for students and postdocs reflect the full range of biomedical disciplines and research interests pursued at Fred Hutch — from basic, clinical, and public health sciences research to a range of cancers and infectious diseases. Our commitment to training the next generation extends to internships and programs for secondary school science teachers and high school students.
The heart of the high school, undergraduate and teacher programs involve immersing participants in research groups on the Fred Hutch campus in Seattle, but to optimize the safety and well-being of our staff and the larger community, we are temporarily transitioning almost all on-site work to remote work. Those who work primarily in labs will be home collaborating with peers, writing grant proposals, reviewing articles and papers, conducting analyses, offering their expertise as needed.
We do not know when operations will fully return on-site, and cannot make commitments to participants of our education programs. While we remain deeply committed to supporting students and teachers, the uncertainty around COVID-19 prevents us from providing them with an in-person experience. Information for the 2021 programs will be posted in the fall.
Fred Hutch has programs and internships in many biomedical disciplines and research interests for teachers, undergraduate and high school students — creating pathways for all academic levels to gain hands-on experience at Fred Hutch. We also offer internships for student in non-research related disciplines, including marketing and program management.
We offer lectures, panel discussions, web-based training, colloquia and case study discussion groups for our faculty, staff and trainees on a variety of topics related to the responsible conduct of research. The topics range from human subjects research to the use of animals in research.
Fred Hutch and the University of Washington have collaborated on a lecture series devoted to rigor, reproducibility, and transparency, presented by faculty from each of the several ongoing training grants at both institutions. Lectures focus on a detailed discussion of common or emerging methodologies with the aim of describing strengths, limitations, and pitfalls so that those employing or interpreting the data gain a realistic sense of what can and cannot be learned.
Our scientific divisions and programs each have their own well-established approach to faculty mentoring. Committees within those divisions and programs work closely with junior faculty to provide feedback and conduct evaluations.
Mentoring is also essential to improving faculty leadership skills and augments formal classroom training, seminars and panel discussions. Mentors help guide faculty members in building and managing their research teams, mentoring others, seeking grants, managing laboratory finances and conducting ethical research standards.