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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conference Travel Awards up to $1500 are available to graduate students, postdoctoral and medical fellows who would like to attend a conference but don't have the funds available.
Criteria for Award:
To apply for the Award:
Note that you can only receive one travel award during your tenure at the FHCRC.
Note that international travel must be completed on a US carrier unless you have a waiver from the Finance Department. Your flight must be booked through the FHCRC Travel Agent.
Please note that there may be tax implications to receiving this award. If you receive a SPAC Travel Award, 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.
There will be two offerings a year with 3 awards available per offering. Deadlines for Abstract submission are November 1 and March 15. Awards are determined by November 15 and April 1. Please email applications to Amber Ismael.
Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students often have little exposure to career paths outside of academia. SPAC and the Office of Career Development address this issue by offering events to educate about potential PhD career paths, including biotech industry careers.
The Exploration Program for Industry Careers (EPIC) takes this one step further for those curious about careers in Industry. In addition to career workshops and events at Fred Hutch, EPIC features site visits to biotech companies in the area, providing an in-depth look at industry careers. The program also gives participants networking opportunities, which can help in setting up collaborations and in current and future job searches.
Based on successful programs in Massachusetts and California (See Nature Biotechnology 28, 625-6; 2010, Nature 478, 277; 2011, Nature 480, 576; 2011), the goals of EPIC are to allow participants to make informed choices about future career options, and provide them with the tools they will need to be successful as they enter the job market.
A core component of the EPIC Program is to visit local biotech companies. Here's what a site visit looks like.
All current Fred Hutch graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical fellows are eligible to apply for this program.
Please note that you will need to carefully construct your biosketch in the application, as this is what the biotech companies will see prior to your visit. You will have a chance to edit it later.
Please direct questions about the program or application process to Amber Ismael.
Benefits for Students and Postdocs:
Fred Hutch Postdocs/students: More information on how to apply for this program will be posted to the Fred Hutch postdoc/student listserv. If you are not on that mailing list and are a Fred Hutch postdoc or graduate student please contact Amber Ismael at email@example.com.
Benefits for Companies:
Attract top area scientists to your company
Identify opportunities for collaborations
Meet future colleagues
Establish relationships with local academic labs
Companies: If you are a company interested in being part of EPIC, please contact Amber Ismael.
The Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) initiated this program to help new postdocs and graduate students, especially those from other countries, become familiar with the Hutch and the Seattle region.
The idea is pretty simple: at their request, incoming researchers are paired with an "Ambassador" who speaks the same language and is from the same country of origin (if possible). The Ambassador answers questions about the Hutch, Seattle, places to live, good restaurants, etc. Most people have found this to be a rewarding experience, and you might even make some new friends.
Become an Ambassador:
There are many benefits to participating in HIA, including getting more involved in the Hutch community, helping your fellow graduate students and postdocs, the establishment of long-term friendships and excellent networking opportunities. Furthermore, participation in HIA is one more thing you can add to your CV!
If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please submit a volunteer intake form.
When we have a match for you, we will contact you to see if you can be an Ambassador at that time. You can always decline to volunteer at that time if you are busy, out of the country, etc. If you choose to accept, we will give you the incoming researcher's contact information so that you may contact him/her by email or phone to welcome them to the Hutch and offer to answer questions. Any continued contact after that is up to the both of you. You can remove yourself from the program at any time by emailing us.
Be Matched with an Ambassador:
To be matched with an ambassador, incoming researchers should contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us
Please note that this service is restricted to present and immediate future postdocs and graduate students at the Hutch.
Karen Peterson, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Scientific Career Development / SPAC Advisor
Amber Ismael, Ph.D.
Sr. Program Manager, Office of Scientific Career Development / SPAC Advisor
Andrew Kunihiro, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
Public Health Sciences
Meghan Garrett, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
Amy Spens (Co-Chair)
Human Biology Division
Alyssa Webster, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
Clinical Research Division
For further information contact Amber Ismael.
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.
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