SACNAS Mission

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of  Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

What We Offer

  • A community of well driven scientists, where you are given the opportunity to grow as an individual, professional, and a scientist.
  • Selected variety of workshop geared towards professional development, graduate school, community outreach, and personal advancement.
  • Opportunities to outreach to the community and give back to others, while emphasizing a growth in the STEM field. 
  • A safe space to discuss daily issues we face as undergraduate/graduate professionals in our fields and ways to properly address them.
  • A serious and welcoming enviroment to study and interact with other students in similar courses.
  • Scholarship Award for for the National SACNAS Conference registration.
**Save the Date!**



The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a professional organization for trainees in all phases of the physician-scientist career pathway. An important part of APSA’s mission is undergraduate mentorship, with the goal of fostering the success of undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students interested in a career as a physician scientist. With this goal in mind, APSA will be hosting a Bay Area Pre-MD/PhD networking event!

APSA is partnering with UCSF and Stanford’s MSTP by reaching out to Underrepresented Students interested in both medicine and research to introduce them to the career path of a physician scientist and the necessary preparation to become an MD/PhD. We’re inviting students for an opportunity to meet with both MD/PhD students and faculty to ask any questions and get to know us!

Students please RSVP to this event, which takes places on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. Based on the responses from students, we will decide on the location for the event, either at Stanford in Palo Alto or at UCSF in San Francisco. Lunch will be included. 

Registration Link:



MESA Day outreach Saturday March 2, 2019! Sign up hereScreen_Shot_2019-02-04_at_10.16.38_AM.png


First meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Sinshiemer 123 from 5:30-6:30pm. 

Meeting Agenda:

-Meet and greet (Fun game)

-Internship advice

New members are always welcome. We will have food and drinks. Looking forward to see you there!


UCSC SACNAS Fundraiser @ Woodstocks

Wednesday Feburary 6, 2018 from 5-9pm 

Just mention SACNAS this day and 25% will go to our fundraising efforts.

Thank you for your support :D



Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Guest Speaker: Lino Gonzales 
23andMe Senior Scientist and Past-President of SACNAS will present his research and share his educational and career journey with us at UCSC. 

Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 10am-11:30am, E2-599Screen_Shot_2019-01-08_at_2.56.02_PM.png


SACNAS End of the Year Social, at 5:30 November 30, 2018 in JBE 160

Meeting Agenda: 

Food and Fun Activities!


Meeting this Thursday, at 5:30-6:30pm, November 8, 2018 in JBE 160

Meeting Agenda: 

Guest Speaker, Sharon Palma, Keck Graduate Institute admissions outreach representative.



New Members are always welcome :) We will have food and drinks!


DEADLINE November 13, 2018 Latinos in Technology Scholarship Application (Click here to apply)



Meeting this Thursday October 14, 2018 at 5:30-6:30pm in JBE 160.

Meeting Agenda:

SACNAS Conference Review
& Undergrad/Grad Student Panel - Lessons Learned and Tips for Success

New Members are always welcome :) We will have food and drinks!


Welcome Back Everyone!

First meeting is Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2018 in Jack Baskin Engineering 160 from 5:30-6:30pm.

We will have pizza and drinks provided by Semilla. Come meet new and old members and see what activities we have in store for you. Looking forward to see you there!


Good News! We won the SACNAS Chapter of the Year Award!

We are ecstatic to be recognized for our hard work to promote Diversity in STEM. Read more here.




Meet other SACNAS members from the Bay Area and eat delicious BBQ

@Marx Meadow, San Francisco Golden Gate Park 
12:00 - 5:00pm
Complete the Eventbrite form here if you are attending (to have enough food/drinks for everyone)
June 2, 2018



March for Science Santa Cruz

Show your support and BE the CHANGE YOU WANT to SEE
April 21, 2018

**We are making posters in -room change- SIN123 April 20th, 12-2pm**



Giving Day

Annual UC Santa Cruz Fundraiser
February 28, 2018


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