November 11, 2009
Written by: Jessica BehnhamTexas Tech University’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) was recognized at the 2009 SACNAS National Conference, which was held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas. The local chapter was recognized for its contributions to the SACNAS mission for student recruitment and faculty involvement. Jaclyn Canas, faculty advisor for Texas Tech’s chapter, said the recognition is important because Texas Tech’s chapter members have worked hard to bring the chapter back to life since its establishment in 2004, and the award acknowledges that they have made significant progress. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic, Chicano and Native American scientists in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership. “Texas Tech’s SACNAS chapter provides a supportive and encouraging environment where minority science students can participate in and feel at home amongst individuals just like them,” Canas said. Canas said the chapter provides opportunities for its members to participate in professional development activities, learn about the research that other minority students are involved in on campus, and travel to the annual National SACNAS Conference where they can network with other minority scientists. For 35 years, SACNAS has provided strong national leadership in improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia; mentoring college students within science, mathematics and engineering; and supporting quality precollege science education. CONTACT: Jaclyn Canas, faculty advisor, SACNAS, Texas Tech University, (806) 885-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.