At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We are committed to doing the internal work to increase our awareness and to improve our practices so that we are an organization known as a center of diversity and inclusion excellence. As a part of this effort, we are committed to developing excellence in biological sciences so that it is more equitable and representative of the vast talent pool.
 Definition of underrepresented minority is aligned with the NIH’s definition: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The symposiums efforts are to elevate the career trajectory and ultimate success of the selected scholars. We are seeking nominations for underrepresented minority post-doctorals for the Dr. Eddie Mendez Symposium to recognize outstanding research in cancer biology.
Awardees will participate in a scientific symposium honoring Dr. Eddie Mendez and his commitment to innovative science. Awardees will arrive on June 3 and will participate in activities while exploring Seattle. The award symposium will take place June 4, 2019, at Fred Hutch's Robert W. Day Campus. The award symposium will consist of scientific presentations by the awardees, and informal gatherings of students and faculty.
A selection committee consisting of Fred Hutch faculty will select up to six post-doctoral student awardees from among applicants on the basis of quality of the application. Travel expenses (flight and housing) to Fred Hutch will be covered by Fred Hutch. All meals and activities are also provided by Fred Hutch.
Méndez , who passed away in 2018 from cancer, specialized in treating head-and-neck cancer, an often disfiguring and debilitating disease. It was his mission to save lives and spare patients as many negative effects as possible, whether through spearheading minimally invasive robotic surgery for these tumors (he was the first in Washington state to perform such surgery), or through tirelessly seeking new and improved treatments in his laboratory at Fred Hutch.
Symposium Event Information
Arrival: Monday, June 3, 2019
Symposium: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Where: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Additional information to follow.
Symposium Application Qualifications & Requirements
This symposium is dedicated to recognizing six underrepresented minority post-doctoral scholars from across the nation.  Applicants should have a research focus in cancer biology.
Application Deadline: All applications must be received by February 15th, 2019.
Notification Date: Awardees will be notified by March 31, 2019.
Please submit the following:
· CV with links to publications
· One paragraph summary of the research you would present
· Personal statement (1/2 page)
· Identify the division at Fred Hutch that you would be most interested in joining as a faculty member
· Optional: Letter of Recommendation