SACNAS Chapter

Mission Statement:

SACNAS at UCLA is part of the SACNAS National Organization. Both the National Organization and the Chapter are dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Latino, Native American and other scientists belonging to underrepresented groups from college students to professionals. Success being measured as the attainment of advanced science degrees, science careers, and positions of scientific leadership. While the National Organization focuses on the students and professionals currently in science academics and careers, the Chapter aims to increase the pool of students entering the science education and career pipeline. We do so through various outreach efforts that target grades K-12 in the Los Angeles area. Our outreach efforts help a new generation of students begin to identify as scientists and bring awareness of and access to postsecondary and higher science education.

SACNAS at UCLA Website


SACNAS at UCLA Chapter

2014 Chapter of the Year Award
2013 Role Model Chapter for Outstanding Fundraising Initiative
2012 Chapter of the Year Award
2011 Role Model Chapter for Outreach & Collaborative Efforts
2010 Large Chapter of the Year

Joseph Fowler (Initiative to Maximize Student Development; left), Samantha Mohammad (Minority Access to Research Careers; center) and Daniel Foster (UC Leadership through Advanced Degrees; right) are recognized for their research presentations at the 2013 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in San Antonio Texas.

The SACNAS National Organization recognized the SACNAS at UCLA Chapter as a role model chapter for their fundraising initiative. 2012/2013 fund manager, Daniel Foster, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter (pictured above on the right). This is the fourth year in a row that the SACNAS at UCLA Chapter has been recognized by the national organization!
Get Involved and Join our Chapter!!!

If you are a scientist / aspiring scientist that wants to make a difference by exposing students from traditionally underrepresented groups to science, join our amazing award-winning chapter! We can provide YOU with an incredible community of (aspiring) scientists that will help foster an amazing science experience at UCLA by providing mentors, advice regarding academic/professional development, stress-relieving social events, etc.

Additionally, we need incredible people like you to help us execute the many outreach events we have planned for this year. All students / faculty / staff are welcome to join, regardless of ethnic background. :)

To become an official member: 
1. Come to our meetings and events! You'll get the chance to meet all our amazing members and have lots of fun! General meeting and event dates / times / locations will be posted on the calendar.
2. Create a mySACNAS profile on the national website. Email your “member ID number” to