SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The full acronym stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

The SACNAS Chapter at Stanford University seeks to fulfill this mission by creating a community of students and alumni that support each other through sharing knowledge, inspiring underrepresented youth, and developing personal and professional skills.

If these values resonate with you, we highly encourage you to join us!


Lehi Acosta-Alvarez
Position: President
Duties: Preside over the meetings of the organization, and will help in developing membership and coordinating activities.
Program: Graduate Student in School of Medicine Cancer Biology

Christian Cepeda
Position: Vice President
Duties: Assumes presidential responsibilities in the absence of the president, as well as help develop and coordinate outreach activities.
Program: Undergraduate Student in Human Biology

Matthew Treviño
Position: Financial Officer
Duties: Handle, record and manage the finances of the group and will help to observe the rules during the meetings.
Program: Undergraduate Student in Biology

Andrea Ramirez
Position: Board Member
Duties: Provide advice and guidance to the Executive Officers.
Program: PhD Student in Biology

Luis Valencia
Position: Board Member
Duties: Provide advice and guidance to the Executive Officers.
Program: PhD Student in Chemistry

Previous Executive Boards
2020: Leslie Mateo (Copresident), Ellen Bouchard (Copresident), Adonis Rubio (Vice President), Caroline Arellano-Garcia (Financial Officer) 2018: Albert Hinman (President), Leslie Mateo (Grad VP), Martin Alcaraz Jr. (Undergrad VP), Ellen Bouchard (Secretary), David Yao (Financial Officer), Caroline Arellano-Garcia (National Liaison), Adonis Rubio (Social Chair)
2017: Molly Uyeda and Ariel Calderon (Copresidents), Albert Hinman (Secretary), Nikki Teran (Financial Officer)
2016: Cofounded by Ariel Calderon, Molly Uyeda, and Albert Hinman

Adviser Support
2020: Jorge Ramos
2018: Mijiza Sanchez, Samar Fahmy, Rahwa Abraham-Tesfay
2017: Mijiza Sanchez, Samar Fahmy
2016: Anita Blanco


Past Events

Visit new 23andMe campus

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Tour of the 23andMe campus and opportunity network with current employees. 23andMe-02-2020

Stanford Undergraduate Research Association Panel

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
SACNAS offer perspectives from current Women and Minority Graduate Students at Stanford and give advice to undergraduate students about how to pursue research and apply to graduate school.

Háblame con Las Hermanas en STEM

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Joint event with Las Hermanas en STEM to have casual Spanish conversations with others in the Stanford Community.

Faculty Lunch Series: Jorge Ramos

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Dr. Jorge Ramos is the new Associate Director for Environmental Education at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Jorge is an accomplished educator and scientist with deep knowledge of freshwater and coastal wetland ecosystems, carbon cycling, environmental education and climate change science communication. In addition, he has taken on leadership roles with the Ecological Society of America SEEDS Program, SACNAS, the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists, (INNGE), NSF GK-12 Sustainability Schools Program, and the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network jorge ramos

SACNAS Visit with Gilead

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Location: Gilead Campus, Foster City, CA
Join SACNAS at Stanford, along with other Bay Area SACNAS chapters, for a visit to the Gilead campus and a discussion with their scientists! gilead

Joint Happy Hour with ADVNACE and BioAIMS

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019
Location: LKSC Lawn
First happy hour of the summer with ADVANCE and SACNAS on Friday, July 12th, 5-7pm at the LKSC Alumni Lawn! We'll have plenty of drinks, food, and EANABs for everyone.

SACNAS Lunch Discussion with Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD

Date: Thursday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Shriram 052
Conversation with Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Genetics and Stem Cell Transplantation.

Spring General Meeting and Elections

Date: 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Monday, April 22nd
Location: Shriram 108

2019 National Conference Travel Scholarship Workshop

Date: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Location: Engineering Quad
A workshop for Travel Scholarship/Research Proposal application for the 2019 SACNAS conference in Hawaii. Dinner Provided.

URM Lunch Series: Erika Bustamante

Date: 12 - 1:30 PM, Friday, February 8th, 2019
Location: TBD
Erika is the Director of State Government Relations at Stanford. She chose the policy route after finishing her PhD under Seung Kim in the Developmental Biology program at Stanford. She has also been heavily involved in SACNAS in the past. Please join us to learn about her journey from academia to policy.

Visit 23andMe with SACNAS at Stanford

Date: 9 - 12 am, Friday, January 25th, 2019
Location: 23andMe headquarters, Mountain View
Visit of the 23andMe headquarters to learn more about career pathways at 23andMe, talk with their scientists, and tour their site!


Casa Abierta Happy Hour

Date: 5 - 7 pm, November 30, 2018
Location: LKSC 4th Floor
SACNAS at Stanford, Las Hermanas in STEM, and Stanford BioAIMS celebrate of Latino culture with food, drinks, music, and dancing!

SACNAS National Conference 2018

Date: October 11 - 13, 2018
Location: San Antonio, Texas
The Stanford SACNAS Chapter is proud to be sending members once again to the SACNAS national conference to present their research and represent Stanford University.

Biosciences Activities and Resources Fair

Date: 3 - 5 pm, October 4, 2018
Location: Dean's Lawn
Come learn more about SACNAS at Stanford and how you can get involved as a Bioscience student!

Visit with SACNAS at Genentech

Date: April 27, 2018
Location: Genentech main campus, South San Francisco
Visit of the Genentech campus to speak with members of the Genentech SACNAS chapter and tour their research facilities.

Stanford Fall Student Activities Fair

Date: 12-4pm, Friday, September 29th, 2017
Location: White Plaza, Stanford Univetsity
SACNAS Chapter at Stanford at the Fall Student Activities Fair.

SACNAS Speaks Out: The Need to Hire More Underrepresented Faculty & Administrators in the Biosciences

Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2017
Location: G1161, Lokey Stem Cell Building, Stanford University

SACNAS National Conference

Date: October 19-21, 2017
Location: Salt Lake City Utah
SACNAS Chapter at Stanford in the SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City this year!

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