Science Organization Honored for Fifth Straight Year

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science wins role model awareness award.

SACNAS students participate in Arbor Day activities.

SACNAS students participate in Arbor Day activities.

Texas Tech University’s Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) received for the fifth straight year the 2014 chapter role model awareness award for outstanding professional development.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano and Native American students to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership. The organization serves more than 25,000 students and professionals each year with its conference and programs, and includes 110 individual chapters.

SACNAS’ chapter committee selects award recipients through a thorough evaluation process. Chapter annual reports are scored, and the advisor’s letter summarizing the highlights of a chapter’s activities and accomplishments are evaluated.

“We are honored to be recognized for the fifth straight year by The National SACNAS,” said Jaclyn Canas-Carrell, faculty advisor for the Texas Tech SACNAS chapter. “The award means a lot to the Texas Tech chapter, because our students put so much time and effort into providing professional development opportunities and programming for their chapter members. The award inspires and encourages the students to continue to serve the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics center (STEM) community at Texas Tech.”

SACNAS will recognize 16 chapters for outstanding achievements on Oct. 16-18 at its national conference in Los Angeles.

The Texas Tech chapter is lead by co-presidents Rocio Rodriguez and Carlos Garcia.

“We have worked very hard to provide professional development opportunities to our members knowing the importance of networking and mentorship,” Rodriguez said. “Receiving this recognition at the SACNAS national conference is an honor for us as we continue to move forward to bigger projects. This award helps us continue spreading our philosophy of diversity in science and we are more than excited to keep representing Texas Tech at the national level. This award comes at a great time as we celebrate 10 years of our chapter’s existence.”

The original SACNAS organization was founded in 1973 by a small group of minority scientists and now comprises more than 25,000 members, partners and friends. Texas Tech created the first student chapter in the nation in 2004. Visit to learn more about the Texas Tech chapter.


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