Chapter Awards

2021 Chapter Awards Application Deadline:
September 3

At SACNAS we are proud to recognize our chapters for their dedication to science, education, and professional development, through SACNAS Chapter Awards. Awardees will be recognized in an online awards ceremony at the end of September that will be open to all chapter members to view live.

Updates to Chapter Awards in 2021

This year we have updated our chapter awards process and we will be recognizing 7 chapter awardees with the same honor (replacing our previous model of 1 chapter of the year awardee and 5 outstanding chapter awardees). We will be focusing on the impact chapters had with their members and community, regardless of membership size and resources available to chapters. We encourage all chapters to apply for an award this year.

Application Requirements

Cover Letter

Provide a cover letter that clearly summarizes the positive impact your chapter had on your members and community. The letter should be focused on two main areas, chapter activities and chapter development. For chapter activities, we recommend focusing on professional development for your members, activities that created and/or enhanced a supportive community for your members, and community outreach. For chapter development, we recommend focusing on member recruitment and retention, fundraising, and chapter sustainability. If your chapter didn’t have activities in all the areas mentioned, you are still eligible to apply. Limit cover letter to two pages.

Support Letter(s)

Provide at least one support letter from one of your advisors that clearly summarizes why they believe your chapter deserves to be recognized for a chapter award. You are only required to have one support letter from your advisor, however, you may also provide up to two additional letters from other professionals (on or off campus). Limit each support letter to one page. 

Each supporter should address the following, 

a. How you know the chapter? 
b. What has been the impact of the chapter? 
c. Why do you think the chapter should win an award? 
d. How has the work aligned to the SACNAS mission? 

Visual Support Material

This section should directly support your chapter’s activities report for the applied award catagories. This can be submitted as a video (less than 2 minutes) or as a printable presentation (created from word document or slides).

Examples in presentation may include, but are not limited to:

  • Activity photos
  • Chapter member quotes
  • Activity agendas and advertisements
  • Activity evaluation reports


2021 Awards Application