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Author: Thu Duong | Category: Around Campus | July 20, 2018

The 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference is coming to San Antonio! Do you want a chance to attend the conference free of charge? Well, we have secured funding to cover the conference registration fee for 10 graduate students! How do you apply for this award? See below for all the necessary information.

If you have any questions, please email me at Jeffrey Kim at

What will you find at the SACNAS National Conference?

-1,000+ research presentations (from students, post-doctoral trainees, and faculty/professionals)

-100+ scientific and professional/ leadership development sessions for scientists at ALL levels

-3,000+ attendees

-350+ institutions exhibiting

-A celebration of culture, diversity, and equality

-A chance to learn about scholarship opportunities

What does the award consist of?

The award will cover the $375.00 conference registration fee for ten awardees, which will be paid directly to the SACNAS National Organization. However, awardees are not required to present at the conference.

Who is eligible to apply?

Graduate students who are valid members of the UT Health San Antonio SACNAS chapter and participated in the 2017-2018 SACNAS events are eligible to apply. Additionally, those who want to join the UT Health San Antonio SACNAS chapter and show evidence of membership with the national organization are also eligible to apply. When applying, please provide proof of SACNAS membership to Thu Duong at

How do individuals apply for the award and what is the application deadline?

Application packet should comprise a one-page PDF document containing:

(i) a 200-250 word research abstract, and

(ii) a 250-300 word essay summarizing the applicant’s engagement with and commitment to underrepresented communities.

The submission deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Friday August 17, 2018.

Send the completed application with the subject line “SACNAS Award Application” to Alexander Pertsemlidis, Ph.D. at

What are the expectations for awardees?

 Attendance and participation are required during all days of the conference.

 Awardees are strongly encouraged to document their participation via photos submitted to the UT Health SA SACNAS Chapter.

 Awardees are expected to share their experience during SACNAS Chapter meetings.

Announcement to awardees will be sent out August 27, 2018. 

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