A Decade with DYSS

Lessons Learned and Looking Forward





Each summer over the past decade, the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Washington has hosted the “Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar” (DYSS) series, bringing outstanding research trainees from top-tier programs around the country for day-long campus visits filled with student discussions, faculty meetings, mock interview questioning, and a research seminar. Here, we discuss the history and evolving structure of DYSS, highlighting prior successes and lessons learned, as well as opportunities for ongoing improvement.

Author Biographies

Brittany P. Bishop, University of Washington

Brittany P. Bishop holds a B.S.E. (Case Western Reserve University, 2015) and a Ph.D. (University of Washington, 2021) in Chemical Engineering. Her research interests include nanomaterial development for imaging and clean energy applications. In 2020, she was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She served as the lead DYSS TA in 2019 and 2020. ORCID: 0000-0003-4005-6140

Cole A. DeForest, University of Washington

Cole A. DeForest holds a B.S.E. (Princeton, 2006) and a Ph.D. (U. Colorado, 2011) in Chemical Engineering. He performed postdoctoral research at Caltech prior to joining UW Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor (2014). In 2020, he was promoted to Associate and appointed as the department’s Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. His research interests include biomaterial development for tissue engineering and drug delivery. He has served as the primary faculty mentor for DYSS since 2015. ORCID: 0000-0003-0337-3577