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Dr. Nora Disis Awarded 2022 AWIS Science Advancement and Leadership Award



We’re delighted to announce that the Seattle Chapter of Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has announced that Dr. Nora Disis, CVI Director, has been selected for their 2022 Award for Science Advancement and Leadership! Each year AWIS recognizes women for who have made significant advancements in scientific research, innovation, education, and outreach.


Dr. Disis rightfully deserves the 2022 award for Scientific Advancement and Leadership. As founder and director of the Cancer Vaccine Institute, she has been a trailblazer and leader in cancer vaccine development and clinical translation. She has led the UW’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences for the past 15 years. She is the founding Editor in Chief of JAMA Oncology which debuted 5 years ago. She has been recognized by national organizations for her innovative research programs, leadership and mentoring. A supportive work environment and personalized support have given Dr. Disis’ trainees a head start into their desired careers.

- Seattle, AWIS


The Seattle AWIS awards program began in 2013 and has honored 22 women from industry, academia, and non-profit research organizations. AWIS award winners are selected from nominations submitted from around the state. The selection committee, composed of professional women representing many fields of STEM, are tasked with selecting the category winners from women with significant accomplishments and influence and who are held in high regard by their colleagues.


In addition to Dr. Disis, AWIS is recognizing Dr. Angela Fang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the UW, for Early Career Achievement in STEM and Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera, Professor of Chemistry at Evergreen State College and Career Consultant with the American Chemical Society, for Excellence in STEM Education and Outreach. All three awardees will be honored at an awards banquet on June 3, 2022 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Dr. Disis and the other recipients will share their professional journeys, offering inspiration to current and aspiring scientists.


Congratulations Dr. Disis!