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

International Science

Hutch United is hosting a Spring Workshop on Mentoring International Trainees on May 28th, 2015. In anticipation, here I share some reflections on the international nature of science and a preview of what Andrea, Erin, Terry and the rest of the team are preparing for discussion at the workshop. One of the most rewarding and unique experiences of working as a scientist is the opportunity to work with others who hail from all corners of the world. It’s not uncommon to have more than four or five different countries represented within a single lab. A huge plus of having international colleagues is the … Continue reading International Science

The business case for diversity

Here’s an interesting piece discussing a McKinsey study of a large number of data sets from a broad range of industries that shows companies with more diversity at the executive and management levels are more profitable. “Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile both for gender and for ethnicity and race are statistically less likely to achieve above-average … Continue reading The business case for diversity

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

Why is diversity in the workplace so important?

Diversity in the sciences is a topic that is close to my heart and something I keep coming back to over and over. It’s not something we strive for just in the sciences but probably all work places. I’ve always taken it as a given that diversity is a good thing without feeling the need to justify it. But, why is diversity so important in the workplace? What diversity means to me For me, diversity refers to cultivation and celebration of ideas from and individuals from different ethnic, national, social, economic, political, physical, mental and sexual (orientation and identification) backgrounds … Continue reading Why is diversity in the workplace so important?