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.

See our story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Dr. Antonia Franco takes a moment to celebrate our new office in downtown Santa Cruz.
Sacnista infront SACNAS office


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.

Meet our Board of Directors.

During his trip to D.C. for our SACNAS board meeting, student member Austin Shelton (Guamanian/Chamorro) met with Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam) to discuss his coral reef restoration research in Guam and our annual conference.


Student Research


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.

Read Walter’s story.

“[The conference] is a way to represent your community and to show what you’re doing and inspire other people.” – Walter Mancia

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.

More about Dr. Yellowhair’s work.

“The SACNAS SLI program has been very instrumental in my training as an up and coming professional.” – Dr. Monica Yellowhair


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.

Relive SJCC’s 2014 SACNAS regional meeting.

“I realized the people who are already working in their fields had struggles as well…Yes, there are obstacles out there but the limits are my own.” – San Jose City College Student



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.

More about Dr. Burgess’ work.

“This initiative has the potential to help current and future generations of scientists who might not otherwise fulfill their career goals.” – Dr. David Burgess


¡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.

Celebrate our class of 2015 graduates!

“As a national organization, SACNAS has provided me with a sense of belonging, pride, and respect for my heritage and the STEM fields.” – Rocio Isabel at Texas Tech University.


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.

Volunteer with SACNAS today!

“SACNAS did so much for my career, I have always believed that I should give back to those who are coming after me.” – Dr. Gustavo Miranda-Carboni


Attendees icon 3,680 Attendees
Numbers Presentations 1,161  Student and postdoc research presentations
Numbers Judges160     Student presentation judges
Numbers Awards131      Student presentation awards
Numbers Travel Scholarship702     Travel scholarship recipients

Watch 2014 SACNAS conference highlights.


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.

Learn about our leadership programs.


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

Learn about SACNAS Chapters.

Chapter photo


Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 Revenue & Support

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Listed by type
Government Grants $1,984,719
Contributions $10,887
Conference Sponsorships $593,034
Conference Registration $986,661
Conference Exhibition $480,842
Conference Advertising $75,075
Dues and Memberships $55,083
Underwriting and Other Income $301,350
In-Kind Revenue $301,350
Interest and Dividend Income $654
Net Assets Released From Restrictions $78,773
Total Expenses $4,361,306

Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 Expenses

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Listed by type
Program Services $3,797,406
Administration $479,625
Fundraising  $84,275
Total Expenses $4,361,306

Download a full FY15 Financials Report.