Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee

The Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) represents the interests of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical fellows at Fred Hutch in obtaining the best education possible for their future careers. SPAC works closely with the Office of Scientific Career Development.

We work to:

  • improve the environment and education for students and fellows at Fred Hutch. 
  • identify needs for information beneficial to incoming and current students and fellows
  • address specific issues relating to student and fellow training and career development
Survival Guide

For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

To help you find your way around Fred Hutch, the Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) and Human Resources have put together a handbook of information and resources relevant for graduate students and postdocs.

Scholarship and Travel Awards 

We offer scholarships and travel awards to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to subsidize the cost of coursework outside of the regular training or attend a conference. 

Course Scholarship

Travel Award

Exploration Program for Industry Careers (EPIC)

Hutch International Ambassadors

Course Scholarship

Up to $1500 course scholarships are available twice per year to subsidize the cost of coursework that will benefit the career goals of FHCRC postdocs and graduate students.

  1. The course can be on any subject, but applicants need to justify why the course cannot be taken as part of their regular training.
  2. Application deadlines fall in July and January.

Please note that there may be tax implications to receiving this award. If you receive a SPAC Scholarship, the amount of the award may be added to the total wages for your W2 tax form. In addition, you may need to pay Social Security Tax, which is 7.65% of the amount of the award. This Social Security tax may be deducted from your next month's paycheck after you spend the award.

For further information contact Amber Ismael.

Dr. Jim McDougall
Dr. Jim McDougall

McDougall Mentoring Award

Dr. Jim McDougall was a faculty member at the Fred Hutch from 1978-2003. He was highly regarded for his dedication to and excellent mentorship of the people in his lab. In honor of his memory, SPAC sponsors the annual McDougall Mentoring Award, which celebrates faculty members who demonstrate a similar dedication to and enthusiasm for mentoring their graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or medical fellows. The award recipient will be announced at the Annual SPAC Holiday Party in December.

Faculty Awardees

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2019 Dr. Jesse Bloom

2018 Dr. Harmit Malik

2017 Dr. Paul Lampe

2016 Dr. Adam Geballe

2015 Dr. Stephen Tapscott

2014 Dr. Polly Newcomb

2013 Dr. Sue Biggins

2012 Dr. Michael Emerman

2011 Dr. Anne McTiernan

2010 Dr. Andrea LaCroix

2009 Dr. Johanna Lampe

2008 Dr. Julie Overbaugh

2007 Dr. David Fredricks

 

Nomination Criteria

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The nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Has been a faculty member at the FHCRC for at least three years
  • Their primary faculty appointment is at the FHCRC
  • Currently has at least one graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or medical fellow in his/her lab or work group

Criteria to consider in your application include mentoring in the following areas:       

  • Research skill development
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Critical thinking and hypothesis generation skills
  • Collaborative science
  • Choosing a career
  • Job search including networking
  • Poster and oral presentations
  • Writing skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Sensitivity to diversity issues
  • The “human-side” of mentoring--how the mentor exemplifies living life as a scientist and a citizen
Dr. Nancy Hutchison
Dr. Nancy Hutchison

Hutchison Mentoring Award

Dr. Nancy Hutchison joined the Hutch in 1982 as a postdoctoral fellow, and in 1991 she co-founded the Science Education Partnership (SEP) which she led until her retirement in 2016. She is highly regarded for her dedication to science education and her excellent mentorship of the people in and around SEP.

In her honor, the annual Hutchison Mentoring Award celebrates non-faculty employees or trainees who demonstrate a similar dedication to and enthusiasm for mentoring others within the Fred Hutch community (e.g. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows, research technicians, undergraduates, high school students, etc.). The award recipient will be announced at the annual SPAC Holiday Party in December.

Awardees

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2018 Dr. Dara Lehman

2019 Dr. Molly OhAinle

Nomination Criteria

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The nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Has been an employee or trainee at Fred Hutch for at least one year.
  • Does not hold a faculty appointment at Fred Hutch.
  • Has demonstrated mentorship of others within the Fred Hutch community (e.g. high school students, undergraduates, gradute students, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows, research technicians, etc.) 

Criteria to consider in your application include mentoring in the following areas:   

  • Research skill development
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Critical thinking and hypothesis generation skills
  • Collaborative science
  • Choosing a career
  • Job search including networking
  • Poster and oral presentations
  • Writing skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Sensitivity to diversity issues
  • The “human-side” of mentoring--how the mentor exemplifies living life as a scientist and a citizen

SPAC Board Administration

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Karen Peterson, PhD
Director, Office of Scientific Career Development / SPAC Advisor
Human Biology Division
kpeterso@fredhutch.org

Amber Ismael, PhD
Director, Office of Scientific Career Development / SPAC Advisor
Human Biology Division
aismael@fredhutch.org

Amanda Davis-Roca, PhD (Co-Chair)
Biggins Lab
Basic Sciences Division
SPAC@fredhutch.org

Meghan Garrett (Co-Chair)
Lund Lab
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
SPAC@fredhutch.org

Carly Garrison, PhD (Co-Chair)
Lampe Lab
Public Health Sciences Division
SPAC@fredhutch.org

Alyssa Webster, PhD (Co-Chair)
Simon Lab
Clnical Research Division
SPAC@fredhutch.org

For further information contact Amber Ismael .

Contact Us

A listserv exists for Hutch graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical fellows to disseminate information about professional development, job, and funding opportunities. For more information on listservs, visit the Fred Hutch listserv site.

Got something you want us to know about? Or do you want to get involved and do something helpful with your copious and abundant spare time? If so, please contact:

Amanda Davis-Roca, PhD

Meghan Garrett

Carly Garrison, PhD

Alyssa Webster, PhD

Last Modified, February 14, 2020