SACNAS for Graduate Students at Berkeley

We are an official chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at the University of California, Berkeley. The national SACNAS organization was founded in 1973 and has historically fostered the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists — from college students to professionals — to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Today, SACNAS has over 110 chapters nationwide, all working to increase diversity in the sciences.

We share the goals and values of SACNAS, striving to meet them through our various outreach activities. Our chapter seeks to improve recruitment, retention, and success of students underrepresented in STEM. We welcome all students who share our goals, no matter their background.

Chapter Goals

  • Recruit underrepresented students to STEM graduate programs at UC Berkeley.
  • Retain underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs at UC Berkeley.
  • Support and promote the success of underrepresented students in STEM.

Our Approach

  • Attract outstanding students by serving as ambassadors for UC Berkeley STEM graduate programs.
  • Create an all-inclusive community and support network that students can use during their PhD for professional development and social activities.

Membership Eligibility

  • Graduate student or post-doc at UC Berkeley.
  • Share our chapter goals.
  • We are all-inclusive! You don’t need to be Chicano/Hispanic or Native American to join!

Chapter Awards

  • 2011 Role Model Chapter Award for “Outstanding Establishment of Institutional Support”
  • 2010 Role Model Chapter Award for “Outstanding Graduate Professional Development”
  • 2009 Chapter of the Year Award

This page last updated: September 24, 2015.