Grad student Biswajit Paul receives Best Oral Presentation award at SACNAS conference

Fred Hutch graduate student Biswajit “Bish” Paul received the award for the “Best Oral Presentation in Cell Molecular Biology” at the annual meeting of the Society for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, held last month in Washington, D.C. SACNAS is the second largest conference for minority scientists in the US. Bish is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, an interdisciplinary program offered through Fred Hutch and the University of Washington in partnership with the Institute of Systems Biology and Center for Infectious Disease Research. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Hans-Peter … Continue reading Grad student Biswajit Paul receives Best Oral Presentation award at SACNAS conference

Microbiome researcher finds her niche

My research is supported by a diversity supplement to my mentor’s NIH R01 grant, and I have always been ashamed. I don’t usually tell people I have this funding unless I have to—not everyone is eligible, and I had to argue my eligibility (I am Filipino American). I was ashamed that I wasn’t a good enough candidate to get my own fellowship funding. I was ashamed that I had to rely on funding specifically set aside for scientists from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to fund what I love doing. Most of all, I was ashamed that I couldn’t compete on … Continue reading Microbiome researcher finds her niche

AWIS Honors Hutch United Member Dr. Julie Overbaugh for Scientific Advancement

Hutch United (HU) is proud to announce that one of our faculty board members, Dr. Julie Overbaugh, is being honored with the Award for Scientific Advancement by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Seattle chapter at the 3rd Annual Award Banquet on Wednesday, June 17th. Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to the understanding of HIV transmission and pathogenesis and is widely recognized as a leader in the field. Dr. Overbaugh has a long-standing collaboration with research teams in Seattle and Kenya studying the HIV transmission risk in highly exposed women and in infants. In addition to … Continue reading AWIS Honors Hutch United Member Dr. Julie Overbaugh for Scientific Advancement

Hutch United member Bish Paul recipient of the UW Citizen Scholar award

Hutch United (HU) is proud to announce that minority graduate student and HU Organizational Committee Member, Biswajit ‘Bish’ Paul is one of the four finalists for this year’s Graduate School Medal awarded by the the University of Washington (UW). The honor is awarded to doctoral student candidates who demonstrate both academic excellence and a strong commitment to social awareness as ‘scholar-citizens.’ The selection process is highly competitive and open to Graduate programs across all UW campuses comprising more than 4,000 students. In a ceremony held on Thursday, May 21st, David L Eaton, the Dean of the Graduate School also presented Bish with a Citizen … Continue reading Hutch United member Bish Paul recipient of the UW Citizen Scholar award

Unique to Oliver

I am a first-generation Chicano conducting my post-doctoral research at FHCRC, where I study the evolution of HIV and related lentiviruses. While I have been in research for over 10 years now, and am currently applying to academic faculty positions, science was not always in the sights. In fact, I had little clue what career I wanted to pursue when I began college as a Molecular Biology major. It was not until I began working in a research lab that I feel in love with science and the scientific process, at which point I knew it was my future. However … Continue reading Unique to Oliver

Faking it

The first time I noticed the lack of diversity in the sciences was as a young graduate student as I listened to a seminar and noticed that I was one of only a few people of color in a full auditorium. I distinctly remember feeling both intimidated and conspicuous. I’m sure I wasn’t the only new graduate student who felt intimidated. It was common feeling among everyone in our class, regardless of color. We had even learned there was a name for what we were feeling, ‘impostor syndrome.’ The thing forme was that the feeling of being an impostor wasn’t … Continue reading Faking it