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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.
For more info

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. 23

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 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 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:


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: