The big move! We relocated our national headquarters to Santa Cruz’s vibrant downtown. Our new, larger space is better suited for our work and growing team. Our central location is perfect for reconnecting with the local community, building partnerships, and meeting new supporters.
Our board and staff leadership took big steps toward living our vision of a more diverse STEM workforce in the U.S. by expanding our presence and visibility in the nation’s capital. SACNAS leaders, including President Dr. Gabriel Montaño, Vice-President for Science Policy & Strategic Initiatives Dr. Bob Barnhill, and Board Member Dr. Austin Shelton (featured left), met with federal agencies, congressional representatives, and national science organizations to strengthen partnerships and present new ideas around building diverse leadership.
Walter Mancia stood out among 1,000 presenters at 2014 SACNAS annual conference, earning an award for his research on noncoding RNAs and stem cells. His journey to scientific success has been a long one, beginning the day he quit school at 13 to work his way across South America toward the U.S.
The native Honduran’s extraordinary drive eventually led him to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He’s now a member of the SACNAS UCLA chapter, a group recognized as Chapter of the Year for their outreach work promoting diversity in STEM to roughly 3,000 elementary, high school, and community college students in and around Los Angeles.
SACNAS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Thirty emerging leaders reached a major professional milestone when they completed the 2014 SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) held at Stanford University. SACNAS proudly counts Dr. Monica Yellowhair (center, right with mentors) among its graduates that summer.
Monica is working to prove the amount of radioactive uranium seeping out of abandoned mines is related to cancer among uranium-mine workers. Her goal is to bring healing, prevention, and government compensation to the Navajo Nation.
In August of 2014, the San Jose City College (SJCC) SACNAS chapter made history. They were the first community college to host a SACNAS regional meeting.
SJCC students worked hard to create a meeting from start to finish that resulted in nearly 150 attendees and newly recruited sponsors from the community. SJCC SACNAS chapter’s meticulous planning, including a packed agenda of professional development workshops with speeches from mentors, raised the bar for what it means to be a SACNISTA at the collegiate level.
SACNISTA Dr. David Burgess (Cherokee), a professor of biology at Boston College and past president of SACNAS, led the launch of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to increase diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. NRMN is a $19 million diversity initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health.
SACNAS and its members have been prominent, strategic NIH partners throughout the development of NRMN, pursuing the shared goal of diversifying the sciences.
¡FELICIDADES! We are so proud of all our SACNISTAS from the class of 2014, including Rocio Rodriguez, who graduated with a double major in microbiology and anthropology from Texas Tech University (TTU). Her sights are set on a public-health graduate school with a focus on indigenous rights and nonprofits. We are so honored to be part of her story.
We estimate it takes nearly 7,000 volunteer hours to keep SACNAS running each year, making passionate volunteers like Dr. Gustavo Miranda-Carboni worth their weight in gold. He has played a vital role for over a decade in making SACNAS student presentations at our annual conference a critical, mentoring-focused professional development experience for our participants. His passion and dedication to students’ success, along with the numerous hours he volunteers, are nothing short of inspiring.
Take a look at our upcoming volunteer opportunities at 2016 SACNAS.
BY THE NUMBERS
2014 SACNAS CONFERENCE NUMBERS
- 3,680 Attendees
- 1,161 Student and postdoc research presentations
- 160 Student presentation judges
- 131 Student presentation awards
- 702 Travel scholarship recipients
2014 SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
With our Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), SACNAS has trained a cohort of 30 PhD-level scientists each year since 2009, creating the largest cohort of emerging STEM leaders of color in the country.
2014 -2015 SACNAS STUDENT CHAPTERS’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Student chapters give back to our communities through mentorship, building peer networks, creating professional development opportunities, and engaging in research.
115 Chapters Nationwide
- 2,215 members
- 469 + professional members engaged
- 240 members transferred or graduated
- 52 published research papers
- 212 student awards
- $152,000 in fundraising
- 155 professional development sessions organized
Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 Revenue & Support
Listed by type
|Dues and Memberships||$55,083|
|Underwriting and Other Income||$301,350|
|Interest and Dividend Income||$654|
|Net Assets Released From Restrictions||$78,773|