Before Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz delivered his keynote address at 2015 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference, he tweeted, “Diversity in #STEM is an imperative. We must do more to expand opportunity for underserved communities. #SACNAS2015”
During his speech, Secretary Moniz echoed our message to federal agencies and the nation: We must draw on the entire STEM talent pool. Groups most underrepresented in STEM are also the fastest growing populations in the U.S.
The SACNAS conference and year-round programs work to support and train the next generation of STEM leaders.
Dr. Sonia Zarate was ready to take her career to the next level. In 2013, she participated in the annual Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute: a training program for underrepresented, PhD-level scientists. Three years later, Zarate participated in the inaugural SACNAS – Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), which prepares mid-career professionals for expanded STEM leadership roles.
Energized and supported by the network and toolkit she built through SACNAS leadership programs, Zarate is now a newly appointed program officer for undergraduate and graduate science education at HHMI and a SACNAS board member.
From New England, to Chicago, to California, SACNAS chapters hosted regional events that featured scientific research presentations and professional development activities.
The UCLA SACNAS chapter hosted their second Student Chapter Leadership Institute for students across Southern California. The institute and other regional events laid the groundwork for underrepresented students to foster community, develop leadership skills, and build a space to discuss chapter development.
Dr. Marina Suarez has a dinosaur named after her. She and her twin sister, also a paleontologist, discovered a new species in Utah that was dubbed Geminiraptor suaresarum. In the spring of 2016, Marina received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. It includes a nearly $500K grant to support her research on Cretaceous rocks around the world, which she hopes will advance climate-change studies.
Suarez says, “The networking and professional development that occurs with being a member of SACNAS has certainly been a factor in my career success.”
¡FELICIDADES! We are so proud of all our SACNISTAS from the class of 2016, including Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians). Alec graduated with a double major in neuroscience & cognitive science and molecular & cellular biology from the University of Arizona where he also served as the SACNAS chapter president.
Supported by the power of his SACNISTA networks, Alec’s sights are set on a medical-scientist training program. In the meantime, he has a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. We are honored to be part of Alec’s story.
“It’s a privilege, honor, and duty to serve on the board of directors,” said Dr. Gabriel Montaño, president (2015 – 2016) of our national 13-member volunteer board. In addition to the many hours of board service, we estimate our members collectively give nearly 7,000 hours of their time each year. Volunteers serve on programmatic task forces, working to select conference sessions, review abstracts and travel scholarship applications, mentor students and young professionals, support chapters, and much more. Dedicated volunteers are essential in sustaining the impact of SACNAS programs.
Take a look at our upcoming volunteer opportunities at 2017 SACNAS.
BY THE NUMBERS
2015 SACNAS CONFERENCE NUMBERS
- 3,746 Attendees
- 865 Student research presentations
- 231 Student presentation judges
- 102 Student presentation awards
- 569 Travel scholarship recipients
2015 Linton–Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute
With our Linton–Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI), 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.
As of 2016, we have 239 graduates of the LPSLI.
Student chapters give back to our communities through mentorship, building peer networks, creating professional development opportunities, and supporting each other in STEM research.
In the spring of 2016, Sofia Romero and Jesse Cisneros of the UC Santa Cruz chapter led a strawberry DNA extraction activity at a local museum. Growing up, Sofia was sure that “scientists were all privileged, white, and male.” The work of SACNAS chapters nationwide ensures that scientists of color become more visible.
Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016 Revenue & Support
Listed by type
|Dues and Memberships||$77,250|
|Underwriting and Other Income||$219,508|
|Interest and Dividend Income||$1,145|
|Net Assets Released From Restrictions||–|