The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue higher education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.
Our University of Washington SACNAS chapter began in 2007 and has been growing ever since. Our membership consists of students from many different science fields and from several ethnic backgrounds. We consist of both graduate and undergraduate students and often conduct outreach events to high school students, both in the Seattle area and in Central Washington.
We have received several awards at the SACNAS National conferences. In 2009, we received the Chapter of the Year award for the 11-19 member category, the Role Model Chapter award for Excellence in Outreach in 2010 and Graduate Chapter of the Year Award in 2011.
The blog will contain several different kinds of content. The Student Spotlight section will feature students from our chapter, including information on who they are and what kind of research occurs within the diverse ranks of our chapter. The Guest Blog section also features students, but allows them to showcase their research and even provide information on how their research is expressed in the news or how it applies to everyday life. We will also be blogging about our outreach events and other pertinent activities throughout the year.
Our blog post on November 27, 2011 was also featured in the Diversity in Science Carnival for Native American Heritage Month: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/2011/11/28/diversity-in-science-carnival-native-american-heritage-month-2/
Two of our February posts (including a guest post from a graduate student) were featured in the Black History Month Diversity in Science Carnival: http://phdforlife.blogspot.com/2012/02/diversity-in-science-carnival-13-black.html
One blog post was also featured in the Women’s History Month Diversity in Science Carnival in March 2012: http://doublexscience.blogspot.com/2012/03/diversity-in-science-carnival-14-womens.html
Two more posts were featured in the April 2012 Diversity in Science Carnival on the Imposter Syndrome: http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2012/04/30/diversity-in-science-carnival-imposter-syndrome-edition/
*Cover photo image credit: http://www.johncuthbert.com/2010/03/2010-uw-cherry-trees-in-bloom/uw-quad-spring-blossoms-201/