Annual Awards Banquet 2016


AWIS-NCC Presents:
22nd Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet

It was an inspiring evening and lovely dinner party. This annual event, hosted by AWIS-NCC brought together 4 chapters to celebrate 3 distinguished women scientists being recognized for mentorship.

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The 2016 Judith Pool Award to Leilani Miller, Ph.D., Santa Clara University.

The 2016 Ellen Weaver Award to Wendy Fantl, Ph.D., Stanford University.

The 2016 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Tracy Lin, R.Ph., Johnson & Johnson.

Keynote address by Susanne Lindgren, Ph.D., Cal State University, Sacramento, 2015 Judith Pool awardee.

Consider joining us next year for a fun evening at the AWIS Northern California Annual Awards Banquet


Event Summary:

See photos from the event here.

Approximately 80 AWIS members and friends attended the 22nd Annual NCC AWIS Recognition Awards Banquet on May 17, 2016 at Dominic’s of Oyster Point in South San Francisco. The evening started with members from all four Northern California chapters mingling and networking among the hors d’oeuvre spread. Dinner consisted of a generous buffet and dessert selection, complete with wine, coffee, and tea.

Dr. Ashley Fouts led the awards presentation followed by the keynote address that was presented by Dr. Susanne Lindgren, recipient of the 2015 Judith Pool Award. Dr. Lindgren shared her top four tips on mentoring and her own personal mentoring experiences that helped to shape her role as a mentor. Next, Jacqueline Do, recipient of the Palo Alto Chapter Memorial Scholarship, gave a very inspiring talk about her journey in science and how she was able to achieve her goals through the support and encouragement of her mentors.The evening moved on to recognize the winners of the 2016 NCC AWIS Recognition Awards. Dr. Tracy Lin was the recipient of the Sherrie Wilkins Award. She spoke about her ‘true passion’ in mentoring and encouraged the audience to include mentorship in their careers. Dr. Wendy Fantl was the receiver of the Ellen Weaver Award. She shared her favorite experiences of being mentored and talked about her own role as a mentor, as it brings her great joy to see the success of her mentees. Dr. Leilani Miller was the recipient of the Judith Pool Award and was supported by several of her students in the audience. Dr. Miller talked about her love for teaching and shared her experiences with helping students to find their passion and achieve their career goals.

The evening concluded with raffle prizes given for several career and professional development books as well as a wine tasting tour.

This event was a lovely showcase of our amazing network of supporters. It was a great reminder about all the women who have helped others tackle obstacles in and out of science and provided further encouragement for everyone to include mentoring in their lives.

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