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.
We joined with nine major research universities as founding members of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, which provides data on outcomes of scientific training to help those who are considering a career in the biomedical sciences. Data collected at each institution includes the median time it takes to complete a Ph.D., the median time spent in postdoctoral training, the demographics of students and postdoctoral fellows, and career outcomes.
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.
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.