Mitchell Lee is one of the five UW graduate students nominated for the Schmidt Science Fellows program.
The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to create a new generation of scientific leaders. Fellows enter a special postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the applicant will receive his/her doctorate. For instance, a biochemist focused on immunology might pursue research in a laboratory focused on molecular biology. Alternatively, a Fellow with a Ph.D. in oceanography might join a computer science laboratory focused on modeling wave behavior using algorithms.
Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 for conducting a full-time, 11-month or longer postdoctoral research study in a field-leading laboratory. Fellows are expected to have a substantial impact on their labs and participate in publishable research during the postdoctoral year.
Nominees were selected by an internal UW review committee, which found the selection process incredibly difficult, considering the caliber of graduate work at the UW.