Stephanie Sampson Watowich ’83

17 April 2023
Stephanie Watowich '83

Stephanie Watowich ’83 dedicates time, talent, insight, and encouragement to Carleton students preparing for scientific careers. After graduating from Carleton as a biology major, she earned a PhD in biochemistry from Northwestern University and began a successful career in immunology as a professor and deputy chair at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, where she has hired at least 30 Carleton students as summer interns. She is also a committed mentor, participating in Career Center programs that connect alumni with current students.

Watowich joined the Carleton Careers Alumni Board in 2013, taking the helm as co-chair or chair from 2014 through 2016. Here she helped advance the college’s externship program and connected alumni with students seeking career exploration opportunities. Watowich served as an Alumni Annual Fund assistant class agent from 2017 to 2021 and as part of the Houston-area Alumni Club Steering Committee from 1992 to 2010. 

Carleton is a family connection for Watowich. Her daughter, Marina, is a member of the Class of 2015; and her son, Matthew, is a member of the Class of 2021. She and her husband, Stanley, a member of the Class of 1980, live in Houston.