SACNAS Awards 117 Graduate and Undergraduate Students for their Research and Presentation Skills at 2017 SACNAS

October 24, 2017

Yamila Pino, or (202) 440-1432

SANTA CRUZ, CAThe Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) awarded 117 graduate and undergraduate underrepresented minority (URM) students for their research and presentation skills at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference. The Presentation Awards recognize the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders for exemplary science while giving visibility to their investigations and home institutions, as well as encouraging students to continue fostering a career in science.

“One of the goals of the SACNAS conference is to provide a training ground for students and professionals that provides support and guidance throughout STEM educational and career paths. Through the Presentation Awards we proudly recognize and lift up the hard work and effort of students in their respective fields. This year, we have the fortune of honoring a brilliant cohort of nearly 120 students who are paving the way for promising careers in STEM,” said SACNAS President Dr. Lino Gonzalez.

This year’s Presentation Awards were made possible thanks to the generosity and sponsorship of the American Astronomical Society; American Chemical Society; American Physiological Society; American Society for Biochemistry; Molecular Biology Biophysical Society; Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP); Institute for Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University; Maryland Sea Grant; Sandia National Laboratories; Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; and the USDA – Agricultural Research Service.

The 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference Presentation Awardees are:

Graduate Student Oral Presentation Awards

Life Science/ Cell/Molecular Biology
Binta Jalloh – Emory University
Anabel Flores – University of Michigan
Abraham Gutierrez – University of Washington

Samuel Lopez Nieves – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Physics and Astronomy: Physics
Shaun Hampton – The Ohio State University

Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
Bryan Juarez- Iowa State University
Rosario Marroquin-Flores – Illinois State University

Nico Fernandez – Michigan State University

Cancer Biology
Leslie Pedraza – University of California, San Francisco

Nathalie Fuentes – Penn State University

Marine Science
Danielle Perry – University of Rhode Island

Biology (general)
Kristina Gonzalez – New Mexico State University

Developmental Biology
Armbien Sabillo – University of California, Berkeley

Engineering: Chemical Engineering
Jonathan Colon – Rutgers University

Chemistry / Inorganic Chemistry
Yanyu Wu – The University of Texas at El Paso

Other Chemistry
Alanna Condren – University of Illinois at Chicago

Traditional Knowledge
Ranalda Tsosie – University of Montana

Psychology and Social Sciences
Margie Vela – New Mexico State University

Mathematics: Mathematical Biology
Danielle Brager – Arizona State University

Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Awards

Traditional Knowledge
Olivia Juarez – University of Utah

STEM Education and Learning
Adriana Solis – California State University, Fullerton

Other Professional Fields
Cay Thompson – Haskell Indian Nations University

Social Science
Erick Aguinaldo – California State University, Fullerton
Felix Sosa – University of Central Florida

Yulissa Perez Rojas – University of California, Merced
Caitriona Costello – Cornell University

Materials Research
Julio Perez – University of California, Merced
Kenny Huynh – University of California, Irvine

Computer and Information Sciences
Rodolfo Corona Rodriguez – University of Texas at Austin
Elena Delgado – University of New Mexico

Physics and Astronomy:
Gino Carrillo – University of Oregon

Jose Flores – Cal Poly Pomona
Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz – University of California, Berkeley
Adrianna Perez – California State University, Dominguez Hills


Psychology (general)
Ivette Gonzalez – San Diego State University
Juan Rojas – University of Illinois at Chicago

Clinical Psychology
Elissa Monteiro – University of Iowa

Cognitive Neuroscience
Jonte Roberts – University of Colorado, Denver


Analytical Chemistry
Ryan Lopez – University of Southern California
Cindy Rivera – Bowdoin College

Chemistry (general)
Chinyere Kemet – Purdue University
Esteban Delgado III – San Diego State University

Inorganic Chemistry
Annmarie Dominguez – University of California, Santa Cruz

Organic Chemistry
Kristen Gardener – The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Chad Thomas – California State University, Dominguez Hills

Physical Chemistry
Isabella Young – University of Florida

Health Medicine
Brianna Sanchez – University of Texas at El Paso
Jonathan Abshier – University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Public Health
Yazmeane Pena – Texas Tech University
Casey Luc – Morehouse College

Other Health
Jasmine Vargas – University of California, Santa Cruz


Other Engineering
Shanika Davis – Seattle Central College

Engineering (general)
Yamalis Lopez Massa – Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Chemical Engineering
Dejuante Walker – California State University, Long Beach

Mechanical Engineering
Luis Ramirez – Cypress College
Mario Delgado – Tufts University

Electrical Engineering
Laura Becerra – University of San Diego

Civil Engineering
Parfait Masungi – University of Texas at San Antonio

Bioengineering/Biomedical engineering
Robert Trevino – University of California, San Francisco
Natali Chavez – California State University, Channel Islands
Daniela Barbosa – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Jesus Roberto Franco – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Applied Mathematics
Raul Platero – Emory University
Adriana Ortiz – Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Ariana Moncada – University of Texas at San Antonio

Julia Thome – Cornell College

Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics
Rafael Ceja – California State University, Sacramento
Christian Do – California State University, Fullerton
Sabrina Enriquez – University of Southern California

Mathematical Biology
Henry Guajardo – Brigham Young University

Mathematics (general)
Kriselyn Cortado – University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu

Life Science

Plant Sciences/Botany
Francisco Fernandez – California State University, San Marcos

Other Life Sciences
Tianna Burke – Howard University
Tanya Tafolla – University of California, Merced

Dominique Ellison – University of Pittsburgh

Benjamin Juarez – Princeton University
Christian Corrales – University of California, Los Angeles
Petra Guzman – California State University, Los Angeles
Shai-Anne Nalder – Weber State University
Esteban Abeyta – University of New Mexico

Developmental Biology
Katiannah Moise – Pomona College
Camilo Echeverria – California State University, Northridge

Cancer Biology
Lisset Duran – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Megan Montoya – University of Arizona
David Sanchez – University of Texas at San Antonio

Charmaine Lindsay – Claflin University
Adem Idrizi – City College of New York
Ana Defendi – Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Eduardo Salgado – Duke University

Animal Science/Zoology
Eric Navarro – Washington State University

Rufus Sweeney – University of Utah
Kenny Veliz – University of California, Merced

Joseph Lance Casila – University of Guam
Skylar Kensinger – California State University, Monterey Bay

Biology (general)
Uzma Ain – Northeastern Illinois University
Meg Tsai – Rutgers University
Patricia Rodrigez-Morales – Universidad de Puerto Rico Cayey

Joseph Sapienza-Martinez – San Francisco State University
Sandra Ramos – University of Texas at San Antonio
Janah May Oclaman – Skyline College
Sydney Stanley – Duke University School of Medicine
Justin Okonkwo – California State University, Fresno
Tyler Ptacek – Northwest University

Cell/Molecular Biology
Ariana Kupai – University of Washington
Sonia Bustos Barocio – Los Medanos College
Melissa Meredith – California State University, Monterey Bay
Nathan Bamidele – University of California, Santa Cruz
Samuel Cabral – California State University, Sacramento
Aylin Flores – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Nicholas Jahahn – University of Oregon
Angeline Chemel – San Francisco State University

Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
Rosa M McGuire – University of California, Riverside
Elizabeth Flores – Swarthmore College

Marine Science
Mariah Holiday – Northwest Indian College
Alexandra Trejo – Western Washington University
Angelina Zuelow – Humboldt State University

Environmental Science
Danial Nasr Azadani – Del Mar College


Click here for more information on the 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference, including the agenda-at-a-glance.

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SACNAS is an inclusive organization with a 44-year history of fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic & Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.

SACNAS serves approximately 6,000 members, a larger community of 20,000, and with 115 SACNAS student and professional chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


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