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The 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference

October 25 – 29, 2021

sacnas illustration by Emily Alvarez

Illustration by Emily Alvarez

For the past 48 years, SACNAS has been deeply committed to building community, celebrating our unique identities, and providing access to opportunity for thousands of STEM college students and professionals across the country, a majority from historically excluded populations. One of the main ways we do this is by producing and hosting the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

Last year, our country faced an unprecedented global event with the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout these difficult times for our community, SACNAS persisted, and together, we thrived. SACNAS hosted the organization’s first-ever digital conference, which saw record-breaking participation with over 5,700+ attendees, 863 student research presentations, 346 exhibiting companies and 25 sponsoring partners to meet and recruit our SACNAS members.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the safety and well-being of our conference attendees is our top priority. After surveying our members, partners and supporters, and monitoring the rate of vaccine rollouts and COVID-19 infection rates throughout the country, we’ve decided that the best course of action is to bring together our community in the safest way possible.

For these reasons we are excited to announce that the 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference will be a fully digital experience! If you had a great time at last year’s conference, or didn’t get a chance to attend, this year will be twice as incredible. We will be offering all new experiences, a brand new platform, and more chances to connect with the SACNISTA familia than ever before.


Become a member today in order to get access to advanced perks.

Before Registration Opens


Submit a Research Presentation
(Application period is closed)

Apply for a Registration Scholarship
(Application period is closed)


Propose a Session
(Application period is closed)

Volunteer as a mentor judge


Learn about ALL opportunities
to connect with talent at NDiSTEM

Exhibit at NDiSTEM

Connect with the SACNAS team about partnership opportunities

What's Included?

The Digital SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference (NDiSTEM) brings you the same unique blend of STEM, culture, and community, where you can bring your whole self via the greatest digital conference experience yet.

This year’s conference will feature a rich agenda including:

  • Motivational keynote speakers
  • Robust offering of STEM Symposia and Professional Development sessions
  • Student research presentations
  • Graduate School and Career Expo Hall
  • Cultural celebrations, art, and music
  • Group and 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities

Join Us To:

  • CONNECT online with peers, mentors, and role models from across the country
  • ACCESS a rich agenda of professional development sessions, STEM symposia, student research presentations, and motivational keynote speakers
  • ENGAGE with representatives from top STEM institutions, agencies, and companies in our digital Graduate School & Career Expo
  • CELEBRATE our unique identities and cultures through celebrations of art and music
  • CONTRIBUTE to critical conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM

What's NEW this year?

While all the things you love most about a SACNAS Conference will still happen this year, we are so excited to offer many BRAND NEW opportunities to help both partners and members connect in meaningful ways and meet all their STEM goals.


Take your digital engagement and exhibiting experience to a whole new level with SACNAS365! Starting this year, partners will gain YEAR-ROUND access to the nation’s most engaged and diverse student population for 365 days!  

SACNAS CareerCon #CC22

SACNAS’ next level cohort-based career conference that will allow participants to immerse into a highly experiential training camp to provide innovative tools for bringing your whole self to STEM, confront privilege, and directly engage career seekers with career partners who are looking to hire the highest caliber of diversified STEM talent in the nation! 

Want to attend NDiSTEM AND CareerCon? You’ll receive a 10% discount on each when you register for both conferences!

SACNAS Exclusive Membership Club: "IN THE KNOW"

Want the inside scoop on all things NDiSTEM? Get “IN THE KNOW”, and recieve exclusive perks that only SACNAS members can get such as:

  • Special registration discounts
  • Advanced previews on limited edition SACNAS swag and apparel
  • And more!

Want IN? It’s easy – just sign up to ecome a SACNAS member at any level. OUR SACNISTA MEMBERSHIP LEVEL IS FREE!

* IN THE KNOW discounts do not apply to exhibitor partner registrations

Frequently Asked Questions


After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to make sure to finalize our event platform and roll-out to make sure we are providing SACNISTAs with all the tools needed to have a successful and safe conference. We are building the infrastructure to make sure our registration and application processes are more seamless than ever.

Registration will be announced soon – stay tuned!

The physical safety of our members, staff, and community is of paramount importance to SACNAS, after reviewing all of the information currently available and with potential virus variants being unknown the Board of Directors voted to have a Digital Conference this year.

Registration includes full access to NDiSTEM 2021 sessions, keynote and featured presentations, student research posters and next level engagement with our Graduate School and Career Expo Hall.

No, we will not refund individual travel costs. We suggest that you contact your airline and/or hotel to investigate cancellation options and policies. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

There is a 5% discount on a group of 10 or more participants who are all registered at the same time.

Yes! Our lifetime members will receive a 5% discount during the registration period.

Click here for instructions on how to check your membership status. Your membership type should say Student, Postdoc/New Professional, Professional 1, Professional 2, Professional 3, or Lifetime to be eligible for member pricing. “Free SACNISTA” members are not eligible.
Yes! Click here to learn more about supporting dues for others. Thank you for your generosity!


SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM) has put on the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference for several decades – however, SACNAS is more than just a conference. We are a year-round membership organization dedicated to helping foster the success of our members in STEM. In order to reflect that our annual conference is one important part of what we do, we have renamed the conference NDiSTEM – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. Additionally, we plan to host other conferences in the future, such as our CareerCon in 2022.

Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to SACNAS. They are integral parts of our history, culture, and identity. They are the principles that founded our organization and guide our strategic path forward. We continually seek to build and maintain a culture that reflects the rich diversity of our country. We look for and celebrate diverse voices, experiences, backgrounds, and talents. We believe that an inclusive organization is one where all people feel empowered to be their full, authentic selves. Simply put, everyone is welcome at SACNAS.

Yes! All participants are required to abide by our code of conduct outlined here.

NDiSTEM Digital Experience will be based in CENTRAL Time Zone. Agenda announcements to follow soon!

Research Presentations and Travel Scholarships

Great news! We are re-opening research presentation applications from May 3 – May 21, 2021 at 5pm PT. Submit your research presentations here.

Registration scholarship applications are open from May 3 – May 21, 2021 at 5pm PT. Submit your application here.

Yes, but we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity! If you would still like to cancel your presentation, contact us immediately at

Yes! Check out our webinar on Effective Virtual Presentations. Accepted research presenters can expect additional information in the weeks leading up to the conference from a member of the SACNAS Staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact


Session proposals are open as of May 3. Submit your session proposals here.

SACNAS requires all session speakers to be registered for the conference. Session speakers will be able to register for the conference at a discounted rate, and some further financial assistance from grant funded sources may be available to speakers from certain disciplines.