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SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award

Nominee holds a PhD or other doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) research field, has a minimum of ten years of experience as a principal investigator, and is 45 years of age or older. Must be engaged in research and educational activities at the national level including, but not limited to active funded research projects or funded STEM-based education initiatives. The Distinguished Scientist will be recognized during the 2021 National Diversity in STEM Conference.


2021 SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award
Maria C. Tamargo, PhD
Professor, The City College of New York-CUNY



2021 SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Award
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, PhD
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz

SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Award

The Distinguished Mentor is selected from among the top candidates submitted in all the outstanding mentor categories listed below. The Distinguished Mentor will be recognized during the 2021 National Diversity in STEM Conference. Outstanding Mentors will receive digital and multimedia (web, email, social media) recognition by SACNAS. Nominees have a sustained record of at least ten years of participating in educational and/or community outreach activities.

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