1st Annual Midwest Regional SACNAS Research Conference at U Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Chapter invites you and your students to attend our first annual Midwest Regional SACNAS Conference, hosted at the University of Chicago on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. 

The chosen theme, Progress on All Fronts: Personal, Professional, and Social Advancement is intended to celebrate and support the continued success of diverse students from all disciplines and professional stages. Our conference will offer two keynote speeches from notable advocates for diversity in STEM, as well as numerous personal and professional development sessions curated by SACNAS faculty, friends, and alumni. Professionals and faculty from across the Midwest region are encouraged to attend and participate in order to recruit students to their institutions, as well as learn about diverse experiences in various STEM fields.
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Call for student abstracts

  • The call for student abstracts opens Tuesday, January 30th, and closes Friday, March 30th. To present research in either a poster or oral presentation, participants must be current undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate students in any STEM field. Students interested in presenting should submit an abstract online.

Register Online Today

January Updates

This Week

Intel Meet and Greet

Are you interested in working at Intel whether it’s an internship or full-time position? Well, Intel is coming to meet our SACNAS STEM majors to help you understand what they do and how you might be able to fit into their company. Come learn, network, and enjoy free Papa Del’s Pizza with the Intel recruiting team! Don’t forget to RSVP and bring a copy of your resume!

Who: SACNAS undergraduate and graduate STEM majors

When: Wednesday, January 24th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

Reserve your spot by Tuesday, Jan. 23https://goo.gl/forms/DhvTuCEwFvEE6Psp2

And don’t forget about our upcoming events later this month:

This Month

General Meeting / Welcome Back Social

Come learn about what we are doing this semester, how you can get involved and hang out with your favorite SACNISTAs!

When: Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801


Coming Up

Cena y Ciencias

Teaching kids science, in Spanish! E-mail cena.y.ciencias@gmail.com to get on their mailing list

When: Monday, February 5th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: Dr. Preston L. Williams Elementary, 2102 E Washington St, Urbana, IL 61802

General Meeting

Learn about research from other SACNISTAs and get up to date on what we are doing this semester.

When: Wednesday, February 21st from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: TBA

December Updates

December 4th

Pozole at La Casa!

       Come eat some pozole!

       When: Monday, December 4th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

       Where: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

Cena y Ciencias

       Teaching kids science, in Spanish! E-mail cena.y.ciencias@gmail.com to get on their mailing list

       When: Monday, December 4th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

       Where: Dr. Preston L. Williams Elementary, 2102 E Washington St, Urbana, IL 61802

Next Week

SACNAS Finals Break

       Take a break from studying with SACNAS!

       Let’s have some warm drinks and cookies to relax and socialize.

       When: Thursday December 14th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

       Where: La Casa Cultural Latina living room, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

Coming Up


Mark your calendars for our Spring semester events:

·       SACNAS Welcome Back event: January 26, 5:30 PM

·       Cena y Ciencias will be back February 5th every first Monday of the month

·       General Meetings last Wednesdays of the month, 6 PM

·       Additional outreach and professional development opportunities

Find our calendar online for more details: http://publish.illinois.edu/sacnasuiuc/events/


Exciting Opportunities


EngAGE Program at Columbia Engineering

       The EngAGE (Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education) program was created to help prepare members of underrepresented groups for graduate education in engineering and science. Our program is an all-expense paid weekend in New York         City, where participants will meet with faculty members, admissions representatives, and graduate students. This academic year, it will be held from Feb. 1-3, 2018.

       Application deadline: December 22, 2017.  

       More info:  http://gradengineering.columbia.edu/engage

Summer Updates

Summer Social Event

Join the chapter for a social event this month on Saturday, July 29th from 1-4pm at our webmaster’s house! Brenda is hosting our social and the chapter will provide burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and buns, but feel free to bring your favorite dish or beverage to share.

Please RSVP herehttps://goo.gl/forms/UFSxxZf4Nete3AEp2

**The address will be sent out a few days before the event to those who RSVP. We can gladly arrange carpool options.**

National Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline

The SACNAS conference this fall is in Salt Lake City, Utah! It is fun and valuable in supporting career success, helping you to surpass barriers you are facing, and learn about all of the opportunities that are available once you finish your degree. We want all of our SACNISTAs to go, so if you attend meetings this fall we will make sure that you are fully funded for the SACNAS conference. 

For all of you interested, abstracts are due by TOMORROW July 14, 2017, so make sure to get those in using the link below if you want to be fully funded by our chapter!


Undergraduates Travel Awards Deadline

Undergraduates performing summer research: you can still receive travel scholarships! Please apply using the link below to help make sure everyone can make it to this years SACNAS conference


Announcement – Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 UIUC SACNAS Chapter Executive Board

A warm welcome to the new members of the 2017-2018 UIUC SACNAS Chapter Board.

President – Elena Montoto

Vice President – Ephraim Gabriel Morado

Secretary – Alexander Palmer

Treasurer – Raul Sun Han Chang

Graduate Liaison – Isamar Pastrana-Otero

Undergraduate Liaison – Eric Gama

 Outreach Coordinator – Alonso Favela

Cena Y Ciencias Outreach coordinator – Missael Garcia

Webmaster -Brenda Andrade

Check out the new page here!