Chapter Awards

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At SACNAS we are proud to recognize our chapters for their dedication to science, education, and professional development, through SACNAS Chapter Awards. Awardees will be recognized in a press release and at 2019 SACNAS — The National Diversity in STEM Conference.

Eligibility: Submit chapter annual report by April 12, 2019.

Awards Application Deadline: April 26, 2019

Chapter Award Categories

We have 5 role model award categories for outstanding chapter work and a Chapter of the Year category for overall excellence. Chapters may apply to multiple award categories. Chapters need to submit an activity report for each award category(s) they are applying for.

Role Model Award: Outstanding Recruitment and Membership Retention

Describe how your chapter recruited new members and retained membership through chapter activities. The activity report should be limited to 500 words max.

This award will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Creative strategies
2. Outreach for new members
3. Retention of members
4. Outreach to members from diverse disciplines and URM communities
5. Reflection of SACNAS mission

Role Model Award: Outstanding Professional Development

Describe how your chapter provided opportunities for members to grow professionally in the 2018-2019 academic year. The activity report should be limited to 500 words max.

This award will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Creative strategies
2. Impact of professional development
3. Member participation
4. Reflection of SACNAS mission

Role Model Award: Outstanding Community Outreach

Describe how your chapter engaged with your community outside of your academic institution, in the 2018-2019 academic year. The activity report should be limited to 500 words max.

This award will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Collaboration with other groups and organizations
2. Member participation and networking
3. Community service impact
4. Reflection of SACNAS mission

Role Model Award: Outstanding Chapter Development

Describe how your chapter built a supportive community among members, created leadership opportunities for members, and created strategizes for new officer development in the 2018-2019 academic year. The activity report should be limited to 500 words max.

This award will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Unique community-building activities
2. Member participation
3. Leadership opportunities
4. Succession planning strategies
5. Reflection of SACNAS mission

Role Model Award: Outstanding Fundraising

Describe how your chapter utilized fundraising strategies to collect funds. Please include a budget with your chapter’s revenue and expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year. The activity report should be limited to 500 words max.

This award will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Purpose and impact of fundraising
2. Member participation
3. Budget management
4. Lesson(s) learned for next year

Chapter of the Year Award

This award is for overall excellence in all the role model award categories listed above. Chapters must submit an activity report for each role model category to be eligible for Chapter of the Year. Each of the 5 activity reports should be limited to 500 words max. Chapters applying for this award will also be considered for each role model award category.

Application Requirements

Cover Letter
Provide a cover letter that clearly summarizes why the chapter is deserving of the applied award category(s) and outlines the chapter’s qualifications of the applied award category(s). The cover letter should be limited to one page in length.
Chapter Advisor Letter of Support
Advisors clearly summarize their role and participation with the chapter and describes how they supported the chapter in the applied award category(s).
Activity Report

Provide an activity report that clearly summarizes how the chapter excelled in the applied award category(s). The award category descriptions provide the criteria that will be used to evaluate each application. You are encouraged to use data or information from your annual report in your activity report.

Chapter of the Year award applications are required to have a report for each of the role model award categories.

Budget
Outstanding Fundraising and Chapter of the Year award applicants are required to submit a chapter budget that includes revenue and expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Visual Support Material

This section should directly support your chapter’s activities report for the applied award category(s). This can be submitted as a video (less than 3 minutes) or as a printable presentation (created from word document or slides).

    Examples in presentation may include, but not limited to:

  • • Activity photos
  • • Chapter member quotes
  • • Activity agendas and advertisements
  • • Activity evaluation reports


QUESTIONS?

Email chapters@sacnas.org or call 1-877-SACNAS-1