Awards are presented annually to two women who have combined scientific achievement and support of other women in science. Criteria for scientific achievement include accomplishments made in the laboratory, but not limited to academic or discovery research. Service could have been to the scientific community through professional societies or schools, or to women directly, such as mentoring and career development. The Judith Pool Award is for a senior scientist (10+ years past training) and the Ellen Weaver Award for a woman early in her career (5-10 years past training).
A third award, the Distinguished Professional Award, is presented to a woman who continues to promote career development for women scientists, while her professional role has moved her to administrative or other spheres of influence. It was renamed as the Sherrie Wilkins Award in 2012.
These awards are established to recognize that assisting others in career development is an important aspect of our professional life. When evaluating nominees for the awards, it is excellence in this area that is being particularly sought. Nominators and nominees need not be AWIS members.
Past Award Recipients
Judith Pool Award: in honor of Judith Poole, Ph.D., 1919-1975 Each year, the Northern California Chapters present an award in honor of Judith Pool. Dr. Pool was very active in promoting opportunities for women in the field of medicine and science. She was the first co-President of AWIS, formed in 1971, and the founder and first chairwoman of the Professional Women of Stanford Medical School. Dr. Pool was an exceptional scientist, making major contributions in two areas. In the field of physiology, she was the first to measure the membrane potential of single cells. Dr. Pool was highly regarded in hematological circles, both nationally and internationally, for her work on blood coagulation. She published extensively in the field and contributions included assays of coagulation factors, in vitro synthesis of coagulation factors, studies of the anti-coagulant coumadin and antibody inhibitors of factor VIII. Dr. Pool also developed a method to purify factor VIII cheaply and easily from plasma, greatly improving the lives of hemophiliacs. In 1972, Dr. Pool was promoted to Professor, making her one of the first two women to attain this position at Stanford Medical School. It was, in part, her struggle for recognition at Stanford that led her to co-found AWIS. In addition to her significant contributions to science and to women, she also raised three children. Judith Pool died of cancer in 1975, at the age of 56.
2018 Yasmin Chandrasekher Ph.D., Allertope, Inc 2017 Laura Smoliar, Ph.D., Global Innovation Foundry, LLC 2016 Leilani Miller, Ph.D., Santa Clara University 2015 Susan W. Lindgren, Ph.D., CSU Sacramento
2014 Deanna Kroetz, Ph.D., UCSF
2013 Telle Whitney, Ph.D., President, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology
2012 Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D., Stanford University
2011 Tonya L. Kuhl, Ph.D., UC Davis
2010 Patricia R. Burchat, Ph.D., Stanford University (Physics)
2009 Helen E. Moore, Ph.D.
2008 Marilyn Winkleby, Ph.D., Stanford University
2007 Ann Reisenauer, Ph.D., San Jose State University
2006 Gail Schechter, Ph.D., BioIntelligence
2005 Dora Games, Ph.D., Elan Pharmaceuticals
2004 Elaine S. Yamaguchi, Ph.D., Chevron Oronite
2003 Carolyn M. Kane, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
2002 Sheila McCormick, Ph.D., UCDA-ARS
2001 Paula Jardieu, Ph.D., Genentech
2000 Paula J. Sadle, Ph.D., Bayer Corp.
1999 Cherrill M. Spencer, Ph.D., SLAC
1998 Phyllis Gardner, M.D., Alza Corp.
1997 Kathelyn Sue Steimer, PH.D., Chiron Corp.
1996 Lynda J. Goff, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
1995 Ellen Weaver, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, San Jose State University
Ellen Weaver Award: Established in 1996 in honor of Ellen Weaver, Ph.D., 1925-2011 Each year, the Northern California Chapters of AWIS present an award in honor of Ellen Weaver. Ellen Weaver is a Past-President of National AWIS. After receiving her B.A. in chemistry from Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University, she worked as an analytical chemist for the Manhattan Project, Standard Oil of Ohio and Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA. She returned to school, earning her M.A. in biological sciences from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in genetics from UC Berkeley. Dr. Weaver worked for several years on the genetics and mechanism of photosynthesis before joining the faculty of San Jose State University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Weaver has served as Director of the SJSU Research Foundation and as Interim Executive Vice President. Retiring from teaching in 1991, she served two additional years as Associate Dean for Development in the College of Science. Dr. Weaver has been an officer and director of many professional societies and organizations including Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, Mills College Science Advisory Board, Associated Western Universities, Institute of Marine Resources, the Sea Grant Committee and the American Society of Plant Physiologists. Dr. Weaver is a board member of the Semper-Virens Fund, a conservation organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving natural land and scenic vistas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and thereby extending Big Basin and Castle Rock State Parks. She previously served as its President. Dr. Weaver is also on the board of The Textbook League which works towards the improvement of secondary texts in science, history, social sciences, geography and health. Dr. Weaver was an early member of AWIS, serving as membership chair from 1971-75. She was national AWIS president from 1992-1993. This award honors a woman not yet established in her career.
2018 Chen-Ting Kelly Lee, Ph.D., Senti Biosciences 2017 Fan Yang, Ph.D., Stanford University 2016 Wendy Fantl, Ph.D., Stanford University 2015 Christina D. Smolke, Ph.D., Stanford University 2014 Melissa Cline, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
2013 Becket Feierbach, Ph.D., Genentech Inc.
2012 Amy Herr, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
2011 Angelique Y. Louie, Ph.D., UC Davis
2010 Nadine C. Gassner, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
2009 Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D., University of San Francisco
2008 Angela I.M. Barth, Ph.D., Stanford University
2007 Adina Paytan, Ph.D., Stanford University
2006 Wendy B. Levine, Ph.D., Genemed Biotechnologies
2005 Rebecca MacKenzie, M.S., Roche Bioscience
2004 Maureen A. Sharberg, Ph.D., San Jose State University
2003 Katy Kuo Korsmeyer, Ph.D., Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership
2002 Kimberly Tanner, Ph.D., UC San Francisco
2001 Sharron Penn, Ph.D., Aeomica
2000 Kathryn M. Stephens, Ph.D., GeneTrace
1999 Rosario C. Denoga, Bayer Corp.
1998 Aurora Sosa, M.A., Bayer Corp.
1997 Rona G. Giffard, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University
1996 Deborah Bravo, Ph.D., Bayer Corp.
Sherrie Wilkins Award (Distinguished Professional) This award recognizes a woman using her science away from the bench who is committed to mentoring. 2018 Janice Zdankus, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 2017 Olga Potapova, Ph.D., Cureline, Inc. 2016 Tracy Lin, R.Ph., Johnson and Johnson 2015 Jennifer Saltzman, Ph.D., Stanford University
2014 Bonnie Charpentier, Ph.D., Cytokinetics
2013 Roopa Ramamoorthi, Ph.D., BIO Ventures for Global Health
2012 Michelle Runge, Ph.D., Genentech Inc.
2011 Patricia Chandler Seawell, Stanford University
2010 Toby Beth Freedman, Ph.D. Author "Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development"
2009 Sherrie Fasola Wilkins, Ph.D., Community Breast Health Project
2008 Doris E. Davis, RN, BSN,BABCN
2007 Monica A. Rosoff, Genentech
2006 Audrey S. Erbes
2005 Carol Muller, Ph.D., MentorNet
2004 Susan L. Bernhard, Ph.D., Elan Pharmaceuticals
2003 Krishna Ghosh, Ph.D., Agilent Corp.
2002 Elise Brownell, Ph.D., Bayor Corp.
2001 Coreen Booth, B.Sc., Consultant
2000 Amy E. Ryken, M.P.H., BBEI and Laney College
Nomination Procedure Nominations are solicited primarily from corporate sponsors and chapter members, but other worthy nominations are welcomed. Nominations should include a brief (1-2 page) resume or CV and a letter of nomination, explaining the nominee's support of women in science. To submit a nomination please contact the Nominations Committee.