2022 NDiSTEM Conference Activities



Kick off your conference experience with bonus programming on Wednesday, October 26. All attendees are invited and encouraged to take advantage of various workshops to equip, empower, and energize you before the conference even begins! Most workshops require advance sign-ups. See below for detailed information.

Modern Math Workshop

Wednesday October 26, 12 PM – 6 PM
Thursday October 27, 8:45 AM – 12 PM

As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, the six NSF-funded U.S. mathematics institutes will host their annual SACNAS pre-conference event, the 2022 Modern Math Workshop (MMW), on October 27 and 28. The MMW encourages undergraduates from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences, and builds research and networking opportunities among undergraduates, graduate students, and recent PhDs.

The workshop includes two mini-courses aimed at undergraduates, research sessions aimed at graduate students and recent PhDs, a panel addressing professional issues of interest to both, and a reception open to all participants. The 2022 MMW is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). Click here for scholarship opportunities: https://www.msri.org/workshops/1056



Mathematics of Data Science: Theory & Practice

David Uminsky
University of Chicago

Mario Banuelos
California State University, Fresno

Modeling Democracy (with Geometry and Probability) 

Moon Duchin
Tufts University


Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)
Mathilde Gerbelli-Gauthier
Institute for Advanced Study

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM)
Leyda M. Almodóvar Velázquez
Stonehill College

Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI)
Gökçe Dayanikli
Princeton University

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Rolando de Santiago
Purdue University

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
Therese-Marie B. Landry
University of California, Riverside


SACNAS Urban BioBlitz Experience

Wednesday October 26, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Come BioBlitzing with us at the Governor Pedro Roselló San Juan Convention Center. We will walk to natural areas around the convention center and explore and document the amazing biodiversity in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico! During this activity, you will get a chance to experience Puerto Rico’s amazing biodiversity while learning about free and open community science tools for documenting biodiversity anywhere. As part of this experience, you will also get the chance to engage with local and international biodiversity scientists from a variety of backgrounds and careers.   

There is another opportunity on Saturday listed below (both free!), so visit here to learn more and register now:   


Conversations with Scientists

Thursday, October 27, from 12:30-2 PM 

Conversations with Scientists is SACNAS's signature mentoring event that has been occurring for over 30 years. In this 90-minute program, undergraduate and graduate students can meet and speak with mentors in their own fields. Participants are divided up based on discipline, and then, by sub-discipline. Mentors answer specific questions, and also share their own educational and professional stories. 

Sign-Up Here

Mentor Judging

October 27 to 29, for approximately 2 hours 

For many students getting direct mentorship can make all the difference in validating and motivating them to persist in their STEM journey. By serving as a mentor judge, volunteers provide constructive feedback and motivation to student research presenters, including many first-time presenters and first-generation college students. In addition to giving back to student SACNISTAs, this is a great opportunity to get exposed to new research in your field, as well as networking and recruiting talented students.  


  • Motivated to provide positive and constructive feedback to student presenters 
  • Must be a STEM professional with a Master’s degree or PhD 
  • Currently in a Master’s or PhD program? You will be assigned to undergraduate poster presentations 
  • Previous experience in judging/mentoring similar events preferred but not required! 
  • Must be a registered attendee for the 2022 SACNAS NDiSTEM conference 

Sign-Up Here 


Puerto Rico has much to offer to the scientific community and these field trips invite you to take your conference experience out of the convention center and into the local community of San Juan and beyond. Learn more about these hands-on experiences and sign up before space runs out!

Día de la Física

The 2022 Día de la Física, will be held at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, Saturday October 29th. Día de la Física/Day of Physics is hosted by the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) on the last day of the SACNAS 2022 National Conference. This event is all-inclusive and is open to all physicists and physics enthusiasts. The conference will include research presentations and career workshops and concludes with the yearly meeting of members of NSHP. Make sure to register and pass the information to people you think are interested.  

To learn more visit: http://hispanicphysicists.org/dia_agenda/ 

To sign-up for this event: https://forms.gle/mk6xvgFZgUphshTX6 

Coffee & Soils Tour (SOLD OUT)

Saturday October 29, 10:45 AM – 5:30 PM 

Join us for a field tour to the Roberto Atienza Farm in Jayuya where participants can see coffee production, processing and roasting … and about the soils of the area. Landscape production is much different than our US grain production and currently coffee production faces many challenges yet opportunities; this tour offers a great opportunity for participants from any field of study to learn about the historical, marketing, and soil/agronomic aspects of coffee production and how they intertwine.

We encourage students to participate and it’s open to anyone interested in learning more about these topics and career opportunities in soils, crops, and agronomy. The tour leaves at 10:45 and returns by 5:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. Limited seats available.

Sign-ups closed

Puerto Rican caves: exploring the intersection between culture, ecology, and geology (Sign-ups closed)


Saturday October 29, 10:40 AM – 5:00 PM 

Overview: During this trip we will explore the significance of caves and other karst features for Boricuas by visiting 3 caves located in Las Cabachuelas Natural Reserve (LCNR).  The trip will incorporate elements from geology, ecology, archaeology, and society.   

Where: We will visit 3 culturally relevant caves: Estancita, Buruquena, and Los Gemelos caves located in Las Cabachuelas Natural Reserve (LCNR). LCNR is a cave system that encompasses the municipalities of Morovis and Ciales, east of San Juan.  The caves are situated in the Lares Formation, a chalky limestone with an age of 34 million years. In addition, many caves in LCNR suggest continuous anthropogenic activity dating back to 400 B.C.E. 

Who should attend: This field trip aims to provide an opportunity for students (and early career scientists) to experience an inclusive field trip based on the geosciences, but with intersections with other disciplines that can be of their interests. The field trip will be open for all SACNISTAS interested in ecology, policy, social sciences, and hydrology. 

What to expect: This field trip will involve easy to moderate amount of exercise.  We suggest using long sleeves and pants, along with closed toe shoes.  Helmets and headlamps will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own light.  All the caves we will visit are dry. If possible, bring clean clothes along, we will have the space and time to change. While on the vans we will request participants to wear a mask to reduce exposure to covid. N95 masks will be provided onsite. Please bring your water bottle to reduce the waste we produce at this field trip (we will have water to refill). Lunch and snacks will be provided. 

This event is SOLD OUT!

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/Cabachuelas

SACNAS Natural Area BioBlitz (SOLD OUT)


Saturday October 29, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM 

Come BioBlitzing with us on a field excursion to a natural area in Puerto Rico! We will provide transportation and lunch at a nearby location where you can continue to explore and document the amazing diversity of Puerto Rico and be back in time for the closing ceremonies! During this activity, you will get a chance to experience Puerto Rico’s amazing biodiversity while learning about free and open community science tools for documenting biodiversity anywhere. As part of this experience, you will also get the chance to engage with local and international biodiversity scientists from a variety of backgrounds and careers.   

Sign-ups closed

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