SACNAS to Host Virtual Chapter of the Year Award Ceremony Available to All SACNAS Members


Kate Rose, SACNAS Press Liaison 



Student and Professional Chapters Honored For Their Outstanding Work in 2020-2021

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, October 13 from 3-4pm PT / 6-7pm ET, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will recognize seven chapters with “Chapter of the Year” Awards, including 6 student chapters and 1 professional chapter.

During this ceremony, participants will hear from each chapter about the amazing work they’ve done throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. We invite all SACNAS members to join us to help celebrate the amazing work of our chapters. 

“SACNAS Chapters were imagined as a partnership between the SACNAS national organization and institutions throughout the country with the goal of advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM,” says Dr. Pamela Padilla, SACNAS President, “Each SACNAS chapter develops programming on its respective campus focused on networking, professional development, scientific engagement, and community service. We are so proud to recognize the efforts of the 133 student and professional chapters nationwide.”


Brown University SACNAS Chapter

University of Texas Southwestern SACNAS Chapter

Genentech SACNAS Professional Chapter

New York University SACNAS Chapter

University of Puerto Rico, Cayey SACNAS Chapter

University of Utah SACNAS Chapter

Yale University SACNAS Chapter

“We all won this award together, and I was extremely blessed to work with such a passionate and dedicated executive board,” says Yale University SACNAS Chapter President, Steven Paniagua, “Given the full year of limited person-to-person interaction, the level of support that we were able to give each other and our members made us an incredibly close community. I hope for the growth and success of all the SACNAS organizations that have been severely impacted during these difficult times.”

“Undoubtedly, the Chapter of the Year Award exemplifies the voices that relentlessly aspire to break down minority barriers and foster spaces that characterize us as leaders of scientific impact. As a Puerto Rican, this recognition reaffirms the scientific talent of our island,” says Kaimy A. Torres-Hernández, President of the SACNAS Chapter at University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus.

“Indudablemente, ejemplifica a las voces que marcadamente aspiran a derribar barreras minoritarias y a fomentar espacios que nos caractericen como líderes de impacto científico. Como puertorriqueña, dicho reconocimiento testifica y reafirma el talento científico de nuestra isla.”

Celebrate these and all chapters at the Chapter Awards Ceremony happening on October 13, 2021 at 3pm PT! Click here to register for free.


For over 48 years, SACNAS has served as an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within STEM. Today, the organization serves a growing community of over 28,000 supporters including 8,200+ members and 133 student and professional chapters throughout the United States, including Guam and Puerto Rico. SACNAS influences the STEM diversity movement through STEM outreach & advocacy, promotion of STEM leaders, and The SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference.  Learn more about SACNAS at sacnas.orgFacebook, or Twitter. 


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