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Interorganizational Summer Lecture Series

Dear Sacnistas,
Our Chapter is partnering up with the Chemistry Department graduate student organizations to host a Summer Lecture Series addressing issues of mental health and institutional climate. These talks are open to everyone. We encourage you to come and support this initiative. Please join us. The first lecture is this Thursday, June 14th at noon in 165 Noyes Lab. Hope to see you there.

End of Year Celebration and Chapter’s 10yr Anniversary

We had a great end of year/ 10yr Chapter Anniversary celebration at the Native American House.  Congratulations to the new board.

President – Raul Sun Han

Vice-president – Edzna Garcia

Secretary – Luis Miguel de Jesus

Treasurer – Dalia Portillo

CyC Coordinator – Isamar Pastrana

Undergraduate Liaison – Michael Karlovics

Graduate Liaison – Stephanie Soriano

Webmaster – Alondra Sanchez



April Update!

META Workshop: Pros & Cons for Graduate School or Industry Careers in STEM

Part of La Casa’s workshop series, come hear our panelists in STEM share their experiences about choosing either grad school or industry after college. Dinner included.

When: Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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

Coming Up

SACNAS Midwest Regional Research Conference

Hosted by UChicago on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. The chosen theme is Progress on All Fronts: Personal, Professional, and Social Advancement.

More event info:

The UIUC Chapter will be organizing a cohort to attend the conference.

**Please be aware you must be registered for the conference to attend. Register for the conference at**


End of Year Celebration and New Board Results

Let’s celebrate the end of the academic year and welcome the new board of officers! It’s the chapter’s 10thanniversary. We’ll provide food.

When: Wednesday, May 02 at 6:00 PM

Where: tentative: [Native American House, 1206 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801]

I-STEM Features SACNAS Chapter Scientist and Outreach

In the newest issue of I-STEM Magazine, Elena Montoto(Chapter President) and Alonso Favela(Chapter Outreach Coordinator) were featured in two articles regarding our chapter and our community engagement. You can check them out at the following links:

SACNAS Advances Latina/o Students in Science Via an Outreach for Local Youngsters—Ciencias!

Illinois Latina/o Students in Science Find Community, Opportunities, & Outreach Through SACNAS

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