Due to Covid-19, DYSS 2020 will be entirely virtual, including seminars, networking, and meetings with faculty and students.

Congratulations to the 2020 Speakers!

Thank you and congratulations to the eight speakers who showcased their research during this year's DYSS series. Click below to view the speakers for the 2020 year and the 2020 DYSS winner!

Who's eligible?

We welcome applications from students who are near completion of their doctorate (must be graduating by June 2021), and postdoctoral scholars, who have not yet accepted their first permanent positions. Eight scholars will be chosen by a committee of UW Chemical Engineering and Molecular Engineering and Sciences graduate students.


Present a one-hour virtual seminar on your research and meet with UW professors and graduate students. The top seminar speaker chosen by the graduate students at UW will also receive a $500 cash prize. As of 2019, only speakers coming from other universities will be allowed to win this prize.

Application tips

A graduate student panel in the Chemical Engineering and Molecular Engineering and Sciences departments at UW selects the speakers using criteria adapted from the National Science Foundation’s Review Criteria. Here are some tips:

  • Ensure your abstract is understandable and interesting to engineers not directly in your field.
  • Figures or images in the abstract are welcome.
  • Presentations or other activities that indicate speaking prowess are more important than low (< 2nd) author papers.
  • Personalized and specific letters of recommendation are ideal.
  • Please read the DYSS Review Criteria for more information.

Important dates

May 8 — Application deadline
Early June — Decisions finalized and deadline for speakers to accept offer
June - August — Seminar presentations



More info!

The DYSS summer series is in its 10th year and is nationally recognized as a one-of-a-kind platform for young researchers to shine. The Chemical Engineering department at UW created DYSS to provide professional development to chemical engineers across the country and foster future leaders in chemical engineering and academia.

A journal article on the DYSS was published in Chemical Engineering Education.

Speakers from previous years include many rising stars in research.

To apply

Please use the application form available here and submit all required materials.


Please email us!  dyss@uw.edu

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