Distinguished Awards

Nominations close on June 24, 2024!

Distinguished Awards celebrate those who live the SACNAS mission year-round through their unparalleled dedication to excellence in science, research, mentoring, and teaching.

Awardees are nominated by community members, and SACNAS awards one Distinguished Scientist and one Distinguished Mentor each year. Final awardees receive funding to attend the National Diversity in STEM Conference in October and are recognized on-stage during the conference.

Nominate a role model, peer, or colleague for a 2024 award below:

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Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners!

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 National Diversity in STEM Conference held annually in October.

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2023 SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award
Santiago Schnell, Ph.D. 
William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics 
University of Notre Dame



2023 SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Award
Paola López-Duarte, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor 
Portland State University 

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 National Diversity in STEM Conference held annually in October. 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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Past Awardees

Honoring the highest levels of excellence in mentoring and research science. 

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